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Norfolk County Council headquarters. County Hall Martineau Lane, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

More than £30m has been handed out in pay-offs to staff at Norfolk County Council in the past five years, an investigation into public sector finances has found.

An image of what the new apartments in Westwick Street would look like. Pic: LSI Architects.

It’s an unassuming building which many people would probably walk past without so much as a second glance.

Our week focuses on pay and payouts in the public sector

The government has pledged to bring an end to the culture of six-figure public sector payouts, as an investigation can today reveal the staggering totals handed out to senior managers in the region for leaving their roles.

Flooding in Cannerby Lane, Sprowston. Picture: Nell Carter

People in some areas around Norwich are facing a summer of disruption, but the pay-off for the pain is that their homes will at reduced risk of flooding.

St Andrews Car Park, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

A city centre car park where £1.1m of repair work was needed will finally be completely re-opened later this month.

Repairs at County Hall. Photo: Bill Smith

The full response from Norfolk County Council to our series of questions on public sector pay.

Clement Scott, whose writings about Poppyland fuelled a Victorian visitor explosion and made North Norfolk a fashionable holiday destination. He died 100 years ago this week <june 25>. 
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He was inspired by the blood red flowers strewn on the edge of the steep cliffs – in a romantic eulogy to the poppy fields scattered along the north Norfolk coast.

Long Stratton.
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A scheme to relieve one of the region’s major traffic chokepoints has moved into the fast lane after it secured approval from an inspector

Cabbell Park Football Ground, home of Cromer Football Club. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A potential deal to save one of Cromer’s oldest institutions has been given a cautious welcome.

Migrants and refugees in a rubber dinghy arriving on the beach at Psalidi near Kos Town, in Kos, in Greece. Pic: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A wrangle over the financial impact of Norfolk taking in 50 Syrian refugees has led to delays in resettlement, with council bosses and the government at loggerheads over the cost of support.

Millions of pounds has been added to the cost of paying for care in Norfolk. Pic:: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Millions of pounds extra must be paid to companies which provided care on behalf of Norfolk County Council - after officers acknowledged the process which led to the prices which had been set was flawed.

Cromer mayor Tim Adams and other members of the town council join Adrian Britton of the Westerleigh Gorup to cut the first sod and mark the start of work on the area's first crematorium. 

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A turf-cutting ceremony was held to prepare the ground on the site next to the town’s cemetery.

Newly refurbished council offices at West Norfolk Council, King's Lynn. Pictured: The Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Chapel Street, King's Lynn.
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As west Norfolk councillors voted to increase their basic annual allowance by around 8.5pc, local campaigners have questioned if the rise is too steep.

Green party leader Natalie Bennett in Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Green Party national leader Natalie Bennett talked to shoppers and traders on Norwich Market during a visit to the city to highlight her party’s manifesto ahead of next week’s city council elections.

Fran Robinson, Thetford town councillor

As one of the oldest mayoralties in the country, tradition is important to Thetford Town Council.

Lorne Green is the Conservative Party candidate standing in Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May 2016.

After the low turnout in the last Police and Crime Commissioner elections, candidates have been striving to gain a high profile, however one is being outshone on social media by his dog.

Voters in Norwich go to the polls next week. Pic: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Voters will go to the polls next week to choose who should represent them at Norwich City Council. DAN GRIMMER looks at the fight in the wards of Town Close, University and Wensum.

Voters in Norwich go to the polls next week.  Photo: Steve Adams

Voters will go to the polls next week to choose who should represent them at Norwich City Council. DAN GRIMMER looks at the candidates in the wards of Nelson, Sewell and Thorpe Hamlet.

Cllr Steven Ward, North Norfolk District Council

A by-election is being called to find a replacement.

The PCC candidates at the computers for the live debate online. From left, Chris Jones, David Moreland, Martin Schmierer, Ed Colman (technical support), Lauren Cope (moderator), Stephen Bett, Jacky Howe, and Lorne Green. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

We put your questions to the six candidates hoping to be put in charge of overseeing Norfolk’s police force, here’s how the debate unfolded.

File photo dated 17/2/2016 of EU and UK flags fly above the EU Commission offices in Westminster, London.  Former CIA chief Michael Hayden has warned that European Union membership sometimes

With the European Union Referendum vote just around the corner, many are unsure of which way to vote.

The Royal Norwich Golf Club at Hellesdon, where developers are proposing to build a thousand houses. Golfers crossing the busy Drayton High Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

A decision on whether to start building 1,000 new homes at Hellesdon was delayed on Wednesday.

Who will be in charge of overseeing our police force?

Six candidates hoping to be put in charge of overseeing Norfolk’s police force will debate live on the EDP website from 7pm tonight.

The play area at King's Head Meadow at Wymondham, which is close to nearby houses. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A plan to move a play area in Wymondham sparked a fierce debate at the town’s annual parish meeting.

Thetford town focus Thomas Paine and Kings House Photo:Sonya Duncan

Two town councils are hoping to tap into a fund of more than £300,000 to pay for new play and outdoor sports equipment.

Community chiefs in Stalham are praying boat users and motorists make use of a new bin, following the removal of others in a decision condemned as “absurd”.

Crucial information was not shared to protect the girl from the sex offender. PICTURE POSED BY MODEL 
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A series of failures left a vulnerable girl to be abused by a convicted sex offender who was in a relationship with her mother, a damning report has found.

City Hall in Norwich. Photo: Nick Butcher.

Voters will go to the polls next week to choose who should represent them at Norwich City Council. DAN GRIMMER looks at the candidates in the wards of Eaton, Lakenham, Mancroft and Mile Cross

Forest Heath Council office in Mildenhall

Four candidates are to compete to replace a former district councillor in a by-election next week.

CCTV has now been in place in King's Lynn for 25 years - Councillor Brian Long. Picture Matthew Usher.

Supporters of Brian Long have been sharing words of congratulations over social media as he is voted chair of the West Norfolk Conservative Party Group by members.

Work has been completed on an £8m scheme to repair and enhance Cromer's sea defences and foreshore. Photo: Experience Norfolk

Work to help protect Cromer from rising sea levels and storm damage has come to a close after more than two years.

The EU Debate - In or Out?

Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe.
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The City will this week look for details of how Sainsbury’s plans to overhaul Argos when the supermarket posts its annual results next week, while trading at rival Morrisons and banking giant HSBC will also be in the spotlight.

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage with his winnings  at Great Yarmouth races in 2012 
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Nigel Farage has likened predicting the upcoming local election result in Great Yarmouth to playing pin the tail on a donkey.

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a sharp increase in first quarter losses.

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a first-quarter pre-tax loss of £968million, more than double last year’s figure of £446m.

Voters in Norwich go to the polls next week.  Photo: Steve Adams

Voters will go to the polls next week to choose who should represent them at Norwich City Council. DAN GRIMMER looks at the candidates in the wards of Nelson, Sewell and Thorpe Hamlet.

File photo dated 15/04/14 of notes and coins on a payslip. Leaving the European Union will cost British workers the equivalent of a month's pay by the end of the decade, a leading international economic body has warned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 27, 2016. See PA story POLITICS EU. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Brexit campaigners have promised to slash red tape imposed by Brussels which they claim costs as much as £125bn a year.

Sudbury Town Hall.

A dispute has erupted in a Suffolk town over the tradition of flying the German flag when officials from a twinned town visit.

Daren Moore, partner at Price Bailey, speaks at the Inside the Minds of Business Leaders event at Dunston Hall in Norwich.

The EU referendum, red-tape restrictions and business planning worries dominated a debate assessing business confidence across the region.

Peter Bellfield.

Senior county councillor Peter Bellfield has died after a long battle with cancer.

City Hall in Norwich. Photo: Nick Butcher.

Voters will go to the polls next week to choose who should represent them at Norwich City Council. DAN GRIMMER looks at the candidates in the wards of Eaton, Lakenham, Mancroft and Mile Cross

Voters in Norwich go to the polls next week. Pic: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Voters will go to the polls next week to choose who should represent them at Norwich City Council. DAN GRIMMER looks at the fight in the wards of Bowthorpe, Catton Grove and Crome.

Europe: In or Out? Debate organised by Mills and Reeve and held at the Centrum, Norwich Research Park.
David Campbell-Bannerman, Conservative MEP for Eastern Counties.

Picture: James Bass

How will the political landscape look in 10 years’ time – whether or not Britain votes to leave the European Union?

US President Barack Obama arrives at Stansted airport on a visit to the UK on Thursday. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Barack Obama has urged Britain to stay in the EU, saying the world needed the UK’s influence within Europe.

William Dolman with his new plug and socket he has invented. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The growth of the silver pound presents a golden opportunity - but how can businesses make the most 
of it?

King's Lynn is a hotbed of anti-EU feeling, according to the survey.

King’s Lynn is one of the most eurosceptic boroughs in Britain - and is closely followed by other Norfolk and Suffolk districts - according to new research.

The British Sugar factory in Bury St Edmunds.

British Sugar and Primark owner Association British Foods (ABF) has reported a 4% increase in first half pre-tax profits to £466million, despite a 2% dip in revenues to £6.117billion.

National Politics

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage with his winnings  at Great Yarmouth races in 2012 
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Nigel Farage has likened predicting the upcoming local election result in Great Yarmouth to playing pin the tail on a donkey.

Ken Livingstone leaves his home in London, as Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure to do more to stamp out anti-Semitism in the Labour Party following the suspension of his long-time ally. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Ken Livingstone suggested Labour will have to lift his suspension over controversial remarks linking Adolf Hitler to Zionism as the row over the party’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations continued.

Tory MP James Wharton speaking in the House of Commons about the European Union (Referendum) Bill. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 5, 2013. Bringing forward the Private Member's Bill, the backbench MP for Stockton South, said:

Discussions with the government about a deal for an elected mayor for East Anglia will not be re-opened, a minister has told MPs.

Norwich MPs Chloe Smith in a House of Commons debate

Chloe Smith has rejected a move which would have seen the UK take 3,000 more refugees saying there were still one thousand Norfolk children needing a home.

General Election 2015 Hustings at Cromer Parish church, local candidate Norman Lamb (Lib Dem).

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Norfolk MP Norman Lamb defended his decision to sign a cross-party letter calling for the new junior doctor contract to be tested in certain areas in order to avoid a strike this week.

Stephen Bett speaks after he won the election to become Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner. Picture: Denise Bradley

Police and crime commissioner elections will be held on May 5. Norfolk independent candidate STEPHEN BETT sets out his vision for the role.

Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentry candidate Jacky Howe in her touring caravan at Mere's Mouth Diss.

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Police and crime commissioner elections will be held for a second time on May 5. Norfolk’s Liberal Democrat candidate JACKY HOWE sets out her vision for the job.

Lorne Green is the Conservative Party candidate standing in Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May 2016.

Police and crime commissioner elections will be held on May 5. Norfolk Conservative candidate LORNE GREEN sets out his vision for the role.

Dr Chris Jones, Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Broadland. Pic: Julia Holland.

Police and crime commissioner elections will be held for a second time on May 5. Labour candidate CHRIS JONES set out his vision for the job.

Police and crime commissioner candidate, David Moreland. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Police and crime commissioner elections will be held for a second time on May 5. UK Independence candidate David Moreland set out his vision for the job.

Green Party Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Martin Schmierer. 
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Police and crime commissioner elections will be held on May 5. Norfolk contenders, Green Party candidate Martin Schmierer sets out his vision for the role.

The commemoration of Wymondham's Harry Daniels at the town's war memorial, Norfolk's first Victoria Cross hero of World War One. The Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The commitment to Norfolk of six local figures has been praised by the county’s Lord Lieutenant Richard Jewson after he has appointed them to be his deputies.

US President Barack Obama arrives at Stansted airport on a visit to the UK on Thursday. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Barack Obama has urged Britain to stay in the EU, saying the world needed the UK’s influence within Europe.

Adnams chief executive Andy Wood. Picture: submitted

The chief executive of the Suffolk brewer Adnams will lead discussions with local politicians and the government over the devolution of money and powers to East Anglia.

Ely North Railway Junction

Transport bosses have dashed hopes that extra funding would be provided for a crucial study holding up more twice-hourly train services between King’s Lynn and Cambridge and Norwich and Cambridge at the Ely junction.

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