Businesses across Breckland are being given the chance to have their say on the district council’s proposed budget.

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The authority has published a draft document for 2013-14 and also a medium term financial plan and both are on the council’s website.

Breckland is still waiting to hear how much it will receive from the government in grants, but like all councils it has been warned to face another squeeze.

Businesses are being consulted so their views can be considered before the budget is discussed by the cabinet on February 12 and full council on February 28

Cabinet member responsible for finance Michael Wassell said: “Setting the budget this year has been particularly challenging for all local authorities.

“We know that there will be a substantial reduction in funding from central government for the next five years, so councils must continue to innovate and change the way they work.”

Mr Wassell added: “Our medium term financial plan will enable Breckland to manage this reduction in a planned way as far as is possible. As always, our focus will remain on providing value for money, promoting economic growth and putting frontline services and the needs of our residents first.”

To view the documents visit the website www.breckland.gov.uk and go to the “live Breckland surveys” section on the consultation pages.

Comments or questions from businesses in the district concerning the draft budget should be sent to communications@breckland.gov.uk by December 31, marked for the attention of the Assistant Director of Finance.

2 comments

  • Breckland Council, the council with the lowest precept in the country, they would have you believe. The council that provides what services to its residents exactly? The council that's never short of marketing gimmicks. The council that looks after vested interests through its planning system. The council with the most highly paid district councillors in Norfolk, if not the whole country. The council run by Walter Mitty style fantasists who spent a fortune chasing private business opportunities that came to nothing. The council that sank millions into spurious business ventures, and is continuing to do so by defiling the heritage of Thetford. Innovate? Get rid of them by reinstigating the unitary process. We'll all save a load of money and probably get some services to show for it.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Perhaps they could consider selling of their HQ. and move somewhere smaller and cheaper. Stop sending out the news letter. Close merge departments and reduce management costs, I am sure anyone from the private sector could show them how. without damaging the front line. We cannot go on with the level of spending on all levels of government.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

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