New committee warned about county council’s £3.8m shortfall - with growing demand for services set to worsen the situation

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Monday, June 23, 2014
8:10 PM

A warning on the impending shortfall in council finances was at the top of the agenda at the first meeting of Norfolk County Council’s new policy and resources committee yesterday.

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Members of the committee heard that, having already identified a large level of savings during its Putting People First consultation, the council’s shortfall for the 2015 to 16 financial year would be £3.8 million.

But they were warned that the figure could be set to widen dramatically thanks to a growing demand in services and a decline in government funding.

It was revealed that Parliament’s projected savings across government for 2016 to 2018 will need to be twice as deep than what has already been delivered.

For Norfolk County Council in 2016 to 17 that translates into a projected shortfall of £18m, which will grow to £51.7m in 2017 to 18, with yet further projected savings requirement in the next two years of just over £61m up until 2020.

County Council Leader George Nobbs, who chaired the meeting, said: “It was a very timely reminder to us all that the sort of support from central government that local government has been used to throughout our lifetimes is now a thing of the past.

“That is something that county councillors of all parties have to take on board as their starting point and, in fairness to my colleagues, that is what they did today.

“We all have a difficult journey before us to protect the people of Norfolk, and the services that they rely on, in a climate of ever increasing demand and diminishing resources. Today’s meeting was a good start on that road.”

Peter Timmins, interim director of finance, said that, faced with such a large shortfall, councils will need to have bolder solutions and take a strategic approach to choice.

He said that will mean that if efficiency has been the focus of the last four years, priorities needed to take-over between now and 2020, with local authoritiesn needing to reassess what they are there to deliver.

Councillors agreed that the July committee cycle would be the right time to explore the shape of the budget process and the major challenges across the board.

What do you think of the shortfall? Contact public affairs correspondent Dan Grimmer on dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

4 comments

  • Yea that sounds about right keep cutting everything and then see who suffers in the future. Cut childrens services and see an increase in poverty and crime. cut trading standards and see vulnerable people being scammed and again an increase in crime. cut adult social services so that when we all get old and theres no one to support us from the results of these cuts. Maybe the people at the top should consider the cuts as ones they can personally take on it always seems to be the people at the bottom who are cut whilst the people at the top get wage increases. all these cuts will reduce Norfolks ambition and go against the councils theme of putting people first.

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    Ray Richardson

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Maybe Liz Truss, Chloe Smith, Henry Bellingham and all their Tory chums will find that £30m that they claimed they could find from the government to pay for the incinerator costs. Tumbleweed moment.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Che bramley you are correct, the first thing they need to do is look at the wages bill at county hall and cut it by 25%. There are just to many people there and it needs to be sorted, they need to protect children and adult services not admin. The next thing is not to blame central government just pull your finger out and get your act together.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, June 23, 2014

  • Well now they are warned lets see Norfolk County Council make some positive efforts to make sure things like Social Services, Care Homes are looked after. But knowing NCC they will find ways to waste millions on Private Contracts which fall through instead, why change a habit of what seems a life time.

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    che bramley

    Monday, June 23, 2014

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