Council leaders have vowed to push ahead with plans which would cut funding for disabled people, even though they have been handed extra cash by the government.

Norfolk County Council unveiled the proposals earlier this year as part of a package of cuts and savings.

Since then, however, the authority has been given almost £9m extra from local government secretary Michael Gove to go towards social care.

Yet despite this, council leaders have said they will not abandon their consultation over the deeply contentious savings.

Under the plans, the Conservative-controlled authority is proposing a reduction in the minimum income guarantee (MIG), to save £1.2m each year.

The MIG is an amount of their income disabled people aged 18 to 64 can keep for everyday expenses after the cost of council-arranged home care is taken into account.

Reducing it effectively means people will have to pay more for their care, with the council proposing to reduce the minimum income guarantee from £187 a week to £171.25 a week, which it says would bring it in line with neighbouring councils.

Campaigners have said the measure - which is part of a wider £45m package of savings - could push disabled people into debt.

Eastern Daily Press: Green county councillor Jamie OsbornGreen county councillor Jamie Osborn (Image: Jamie Osborn)

At a meeting of the cross-party scrutiny committee on Wednesday, Green councillor Jamie Osborn asked Andrew Jamieson, cabinet member for finance, whether the extra government money meant the MIG cut proposal would be scrapped.

Eastern Daily Press: Andrew Jamieson, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for financeAndrew Jamieson, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for finance (Image: Norfolk County Council)

But Mr Jamieson said the MIG would still be put out for consultation, with a decision to be made in July.

He said: "It's very important that we do seek the views of people, which will help with our understanding over a whole range of issues."

Eastern Daily Press: Labour group leader Steve MorphewLabour group leader Steve Morphew (Image: Denise Bradley)

Labour group leader Steve Morphew, chairman of the scrutiny committee, asked what the threshold would before the impact on people would be deemed "too much" for the proposal to go ahead.

Mr Jamieson said he did not want to prejudice the consultation but that his role was to ensure the council could make recurrent savings.

He had previously said if any proposal to lower the MIG did not go ahead, alternative savings would have to be found.

The government has just agreed to increase MIG rates for next year in line with inflation.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for adult social care, confirmed the council will honour that uplift between now and the July decision.

The broader budget proposals will be voted on next week.