COUNTY leaders are being urged to unite and call upon the government to reverse a decision to hack funding to Great Yarmouth’s cash-strapped council.

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All members of Norfolk County Council (NCC) will be asked to support a motion that the authority write to Eric Pickles, Local Government Secretary, and call for him to “urgently reconsider” the planned 19pc cut to Yarmouth’s budget.

The motion, which is due to go before members on January 14, has been put forward by George Nobbs, leader of NCC’s Labour group, and seconded by Yarmouth’s Mayor Colleen Walker.

The pair also ask that Mr Pickles reverse the “conditions” attached to the £1.8m efficiency support grant, which has been offered to the borough council as an antidote to the budget cut it is facing, but will only be awarded if it agrees to share management - a move Labour leaders pledged not to do when they were elected in May, sparking cries they are being blackmailed.

The motion adds: “We believe that it would be very regrettable if the impression were given that the level of government support was influenced by, or sought to influence, the democratic decision of the local electorate.”

Mr Nobbs said the motion was not being used to grind a political axe and thought it was one all members - whatever their party - could vote in favour of.

“What we’re trying to do is what Norfolk County Council should always do: support our local communities when they’re in difficulty and every councillor should be happy to do that,” he added.

“All I want is the decision reversed because it seems unnecessarily cruel to Great Yarmouth. It has so many problems to put up with and it does try its best. Some people may say the mayor shouldn’t be involved with this but I see it as a non party motion.”

Mr Nobbs called on Yarmouth’s Tory MP Brandon Lewis to resign as local government minister after he personally oversaw the budget cut.

But Mr Nobbs said the motion was not a political attack and would not mind if Mr Lewis “has a change of heart” and supported it. He added: “Yarmouth has enough external things to fight, the last thing it wants is one of its own against it. You would expect everyone in Yarmouth, and Norfolk, to be rooting for the town.”

If the motion is passed at NCC’s full meeting, the chief executive will write to Mr Pickles on behalf of the authority.

8 comments

  • Over the next year Norwich will see a reduction of 1.3% in its spending. Yarmouth see's a reduction of 8.8% Over the next 3 years yarmouth sees the biggest cut in the whole country! When you look at infrastructure projects over the last 20 years you can see the huge disparity between these two towns. Norwich has seen the lions share by a long way. MP's are supposed to support their local people and the (Conservative) Mantra of 'Localism' and 'The Big Society' which was heralded as the next big thing(Particularly in in GY) is clearly a complete joke. Even the LEP whose enterprise zone is in fact in Yarmouth saw its first big payouts go support Lotus near Norwich!!!

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    Nick

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Brandon Lewis has done more damage to this area than any other MP i asked him why was he not supporting against the closure of the Coast Guard station never received a reply all he has intended all along is feather his own nest so it is about time for the people of this area demand his resignation

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    Dave

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • When the local MP Brandon Lewis is not supporting or on the same platform as the council, or what will affect the the local population on this issue. Then one has to wonder what the real reason was for him to stand for election in the first place ... .? ..... Not surprisingly the majority do not trust MPs and do not vote in an election, to elect one untrustworthy MP with another one.... With their Question answer avoidance and their actions like this, MPs often shame their profession, which has been badly tarnished the past 10 years by their own actions. this includes the greed of the allowances scandle that is still recently being reported to be going on.... Maybe Mr Lewis needs to represent the local people that he was elected by.... Or at least guide the council to achieve a better deal..... Meanwhile his conflict with the council is not making him look very good ... !

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    Lionel

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Like several of my neighbours I have had enough. Many of us no longer have business ties to the borough, there is nothing to keep us here and the total sump that GY has become far outweighs the attraction of beautiful East Norfolk. Only the drag on property prices is keeping us here. For decades I have paid council tax and seen not much for the GY part of it , spending has always gone primarily on the town and the relatively high proportion of social housing seems to suck in cash. Now that private rented accommodation seems to be filling up with the unemployed from goodness knows where I can't see that there is going to be a penny spare for anything beyond the bog standard -and not even that now the support has been cut. Why anyone who has kids and can get a job elsewhere or is self employed stops in GY now I cannot fathom.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Not to share CEOs etc was not the democratic decision of the local electorate. Labour got in by the back door as a result of so many people defecting to UKIP and splitting the vote. To say they have a mandate to oppose this, is risible. If Yarmouth want to really save money they ought to stop encouraging clients of the state to the town and follow Norwich City's example on managing their housing stock and to make tenants pay for not looking after their homes.

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    BG

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • The Local Government Chronicle has crunched the numbers to discover Great Yarmouth is the hardest hit council in the country."Without the grant the worst hit - Great Yarmouth BC, which pulled out of a shared management arrangement following last May’s elections - will face cuts of 28% in 2014-15, creating a cumulative reduction of 39% over the two final years of the spending review period."How can any organisation,public or private,manage a cut of nearly 40%?It is no coincidence the local MP Brandon Lewis is now a local government minister and it seems to me this is his pure vindictiveness,directed toward the people of Yarmouth for having the temerity to vote in a Labour council in last May's local elections.Lewis would be better advised to work with the council to tackle some of the worst poverty in the country.He should hang his head in shame.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Amazing that the cuts in his own authorities budget and remuneration offered to public servants nearing retirement, as compensation, was not cited as an example in the Telegraph article about Brendan Lewis Governments pay off's.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • If, like the councillors say, Yarmouth gets over £400 million from tourism, then use that !. Or is that only for the certain few ?.

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    "V"

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

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