Proposed cuts to transport for students and moves to reduce the number of children looked after by Norfolk County Council will come under the spotlight next week.

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Members of Norfolk County Council’s children’s services overview and scrutiny panel will meet next Thursday (January 23) to debate the Putting People First consultation, which details proposals to plug a £189m funding gap.

The 12-week consultation took place between September and December and looked at proposals to save £29m from the children’s services budget over the next three years.

The proposal which attracted most controversy was to cut the budget to subsidise transport for 16 to 19-year-olds from £2.9m to £900,000 per year, from September 2014.

Those who responded raised concerns about the impact on the numbers of young people participating in education and said the affects would be felt disproportionately in rural areas.

Mick Castle, cabinet member for schools, said: “With such a significant shortfall in funding we have had to consider reducing any discretionary services, and that includes looking at post 16 transport.

“We have been working to try to encourage government to recognise the financial impact of raising the compulsory age for education and training in a rural county like Norfolk, because our budget has been so tightly squeezed.

“I am grateful that so many people have taken the time to respond to the consultation, particularly on this specific proposal and we will take these concerns very seriously when reaching our final recommendations.”

The will make recommendations to go to the controlling cabinet.

The full council is then due to agree a budget on Monday, February 17.

5 comments

  • Only his head? He really is a slimey so 'n' so

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • No doubt Castle will be producing a WRITTEN report on his findings and recommendations for this exercise which will be discussed before the budget meeting in February. Can the electorate be privy to this prior to that meeting ? This would go some way to ensure that he isn't just talking off the top of his head as usual.

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    maryjane

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Cabinet Member for Schools: Please can the electorate know what qualification this man has to enable him the right to make any re commendations about this serious issue? I have been led to believe during the past several months through his pontifications in the press and in the Council that he is an expert on the incinerator - obviously a man of many parts-however, I suspect that his expertise is limited entirely to his relationship with Nobbs. Isn't it about time the cabinet consisted of members who have some idea what they are doing,

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    maryjane

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Yes, Maryjane! Theirs seems to be a strange relationship, and it puzzles me.

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    democrat

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • He really is clueless, they must stop spending money on silly ideas and sort out public services. The NDR can wait for two years and the incinerator is finished anyway, sell Coltishall and put the uplift back in the coffers. These are the things you would do if it was your private business so why not with public business.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, January 17, 2014

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