Council leader briefs PM on case for change
18 December 2019
County Council leader Councillor Andrew Proctor has written to PM Boris Johnson, setting out how the county council and Government can work together effectively - and what support is required to make the most of Norfolk's potential.
Cllr Proctor said: "The Government has a clear mandate to deliver change and investment in public services.
"I want to work with the Prime Minister and his team to deliver this and to share our ideas for how, with the right support, local government can transform our communities and our economy."
Cllr Proctor's letter
Dear Prime Minister,
Congratulations on your re-election – it was good to see you on the campaign trail at Norwich airport. I look forward to supporting your positive domestic agenda and forging a new relationship between central and local government, in the best interests of the people of Norfolk.
Our ambition is to work with you and our partners to secure inclusive and sustainable economic growth, managed development and a better future for all – underpinned by our new environment strategy, which is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030.
I believe we can be a leading council for delivering your objectives and tackling complex issues – especially if we can work with you on the following topics:
- Fairer funding for counties, on a long-term basis, will enable councils to plan effectively and have the headroom to innovate and bring more value to communities
- Sustainable funding for adult social care will benefit our most vulnerable people and reduce demand for more costly care and NHS services. We know from our pioneering reablement service that every £1 invested saves £4 in adult social care costs.
- Sustainable funding for the dedicated schools grant and high needs block, to ensure they are sufficient to meet demand and avoid recurrent budget issues for councils
- Infrastructure investment will unlock our potential as economic leaders – in Norfolk, dualling the A47 and building the Norwich western link will help us to form an eastern powerhouse
- Levelling up the skills of adults in Norfolk, as a template for what can be achieved in other rural counties
- A new form of localism and devolution for county areas, which can empower councils to deliver for their areas, without having to have an elected mayor
Once again, congratulations. I welcome any opportunity to shape your thinking on how local government in general and Norfolk County Council in particular can play a purposeful role in the future of this country.
I would be happy to host a visit, so you can see all the good things we are doing and our ideas for the future. My office will be in touch with your team shortly to arrange this.
Cllr Andrew Proctor
Executive Leader of the Council