Setting next year's budget
Norfolk County Council plays a huge part in people’s lives – ensuring children and young people have the best start in life, protecting vulnerable people, maintaining a safe road system and helping to create a thriving economy. We’ll continue to spend over a billion pounds every year providing public services that you, your family and friends use every day.
Norfolk is facing some big challenges though. Our population is growing, people are generally living longer and the type of services that people need is changing. And as you know, the cost of living is going up. As things become more expensive we also have higher costs, and the amount of money we have coming in isn’t keeping up. At the same time the grant that central government gives us has fallen by £189m since 2011 and is expected to fall to zero by 2021.
Even though we are proposing to increase council tax next year, the amount of money we hope to raise wouldn’t be enough to balance our budget. This means we have to make some difficult decisions about how we spend your money.
Since 2011 we have saved £334 million. However, we now need to save a further £125 million by 2021.
To help us meet our long term savings targets for 2021 we are developing a range of ideas and service reviews over the next two years; these ideas include getting more services into fewer buildings, joining up services, encouraging more people to contact us online and by generating money from commercial ventures such as building houses.
In the meantime, we have to set a budget for 2018/19. On 30 October the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee met and reviewed the strategic and financial planning for 2018/19 and agreed a set of budget savings proposals for public consultation.
Find out more and have your say on individual budget proposals:
- Change the way we work out how much people pay towards the cost of their non-residential care services by taking into account people's actual disability related expenses
- Remodel the children's centre service offer to provide a more targeted response to families through working more closely with our other services and partners, for example by sharing buildings, and by focusing their work on the families that need them most
- Reducing spend on non-safety critical highway maintenance
- Reduce the number of roads gritted in winter
- Change the construction and demolition waste concession at recycling centres
- Review the operation of bus services supported by the County Council
Our proposals above are based on increasing council tax by 4.9%. If we do not increase council tax, then we would have to find over an extra £17m of savings next year.
Our consultation timetable:
6 November 2017
Consultation starts on savings proposals and council
2 January 2018
Responses to the consultations reported in the January committee meetings
12 February 2018
Set 2018/19 budget at Full Council meeting