Norfolk County Council helps make the county better for everyone who lives or works here or travels to Norfolk. The many services we run include ensuring children and young people have the best start in life, providing the fire and rescue service, protecting vulnerable people, maintaining a safe road system and helping improve the economy. We spend over a billion pounds every year providing public services.
The use of our services, particularly by those becoming older, is growing every year. Demand is rising but the amount of money we receive from central government is declining; we now receive £204m less each year, compared to 2011/12, and this is also expected to fall to zero by 2020/21.
We have developed a financial strategy to overcome these challenges through these principles:
Since 2011/12 we have saved the best part of £364m, including £246m of efficiency savings. We are proposing to save £79m, including new saving proposals for 2019/20 to 2021/22, over the next three years and we are also identifying ways of bridging a remaining gap of £45.98m.
Even though we are proposing to increase council tax next year, by the minimum required to put our finances on a sound footing, the amount of money we hope to raise wouldn’t be enough to balance our budget.
This means we must continue to make some difficult decisions about how we spend your money.
In the meantime, we have to set a budget for 2019/20. On 29 October the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee met and reviewed the strategic and financial planning position for 2019/20 and agreed a set of budget savings proposals for public consultation. We consulted on these proposals from 5 November - 23 December 2018.
Proposals to change the Adult Social Care charging policy.
Proposals that would see service changes and a reduction in search room hours at Norfolk Record Office.
Our proposal to increase council tax.
11 February 2019