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 £204m since 2011 and will continue to fall in 2019-20.
To help us meet our long term savings targets to 2022 we are developing a range of ideas as set out in the County Council strategy. This details new ways of working and plans for a transformation programme, Norfolk Futures, which will change how Council services are delivered to keep up with changing demands and ever better ways of working. Norfolk Futures is guided by core principles that will frame the transformation we will lead across all our work:
- Offering our help early to prevent and reduce demand for specialist services
- Joining up our work so that similar activities and services are easily accessible, done well and done once
- Being business like and making best use of digital technology to ensure value for money
- Using evidence and data to target our work where it can make the most difference
There is significant uncertainty about local government funding from 2020-21. In the meantime, we will have to set a balanced budget for 2019-20. Even though we are proposing to increase council tax next year, the amount of money we expect to raise won’t be enough to balance the budget. This means we will have to make some difficult decisions about how we spend your money.
The Council’s Committees will meet and review the strategic and financial planning for 2019-20 to agree a set of budget savings proposals for public consultation.