The leader of South Norfolk Council believed a slimmed down bureaucracy and an aggressive policy of growing income had led to his authority having the 11th best spending power in the country in the local government settlement.

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John Fuller said the council had also received a £700,000 New Homes Bonus, £200,000 more than anticipated in the council’s budgeting, for the number of new house builds approved by the authority, which balanced out reductions in the government’s revenue support grant for 2013/14, which were £200,000 more than expected.

Overall, the council’s spending power for 2013/14 has increased by 2.5pc, while in 2014/15 spending power is also expected to rise by 0.4pc.

Mr Fuller added investment in leisure centres and the introduction of a brown recycling bin had helped to swell the annual income to £1.6m more than was expected.

He said the council had been planning for cutbacks in the government grant for the last three years and pledged to freeze council tax for the fifth time in six years, as well as providing investment for jobs.

“We anticipate no cuts at all in services next year,” Mr Fuller said.

5 comments

  • townie, in the light of the identical letters sent from various council leaders to Caroline Spelman regarding her poxy PFI credits over the Lynn incinerator, I think you'll find he also does exactly what Mr Murphy says too. Poodle anyone?

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    Fenscape

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Not expecting cuts because they are planning to charge low income familes who are on council tax benefit £100s of pounds for the first time and a good settlement because mr fuller is agood boy who does exactly what mr pickles says

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    townie

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • I thought it was Xmas tomorrow not April Fool's Day. As for brown bins - hello, what's that I've been putting out every fortnight for years? Must have been a figment of my imagination.

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    Electra

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • SNDC expects no cuts? when every other council expect cuts they are not? Why have they instructed parish councils to hold back on their precepts then? saying that they first have to hear of the settlements? This is another uninformed article and cllr. Fuller, an ardent supporter of burning waste, rather than creating jobs in recycling, will find that we will redirect our waste streams, with all the cost implications this may entail.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • That's lucky. SN Tories are very adept at cuts after all. Take the case of one Jon Herbert, stabbed in the back to make way for public enemy number one as he runs scared from his constituents in West Norfolk, who would have taken great pleasure in dumping him next May. And now JH is standing as an independent we can only hope that voters in Forehoe ward will do the same.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

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