Norfolk County Council a wide range of services: for children, young people, vulnerable and older people; for the highways and transport network; library; waste disposal; fire services; etc.
They report a financial climate of unprecedented risk and uncertainty, both for people who use the services, and those providing them. The Council must plan for the impacts of rising budget pressures, uncertainty over Government funding and the financial challenges associated with COVID-19.
Many of the additional costs, lost income and undeliverable savings in the current year will have a significant impact on NCC’s 2021-22 finances. There are statutory services to protect with a limited choice of where savings can be made. Despite savings of £436m between 2011 and 2020, considering an increased council tax and a proposal to increase the Adult Social Care precept, the budget will not balance next year. They must find an additional £26m savings in 2021-22 and possibly more depending on the level of Government support received.
They have to develop balanced and sustainable budget proposals to continue to deliver the services relied on by all Norfolk’s people, businesses and visitors. Hence a budget consultation launched on 26th October – see www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget. They invite residents to comment using the online feedback form (this ensures a clear and accurate record of the comments).
Alternatively, send views in writing to: Freepost Plus RTCL-XSTT-JZSK Norfolk County Council, Ground floor – south wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH.
Residents can request our budget consultation document in other formats, including paper form, by calling 0344 800 8020 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The consultation closes at midnight on 14th December 2020.
If you have any questions about the process for consultation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Christine Mawson, Stakeholder and Consultation Manager, Email: email@example.com or telephone 01603 224485.