‘Help us weather the storm’ - Yarmouth council leader meets Yarmouth MP over �10m cuts

Great Yarmouth's MP has been asked to reconsider a decision that will see Great Yarmouth Borough Council lose a third of its funding.

Town hall bosses face �10m of cuts in the next three years, with around 30pc of funding lost when the government's transition fund ends.

Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis - who became a local government minister in September - is overseeing the government move to end the fund.

A delegation of councils travelled to London to meet Mr Lewis and urge the government to reconsider its decision.

Trevor Wainwright, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: 'I am pleased that we and other councils were able to make our thoughts known to Brandon Lewis and I sincerely hope that the government thinks again before withdrawing this funding.

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'The next financial year will see Yarmouth losing around 30pc of the funding we currently receive.

'The government could of course choose to reduce other funding streams to us, so that percentage could be even greater.'

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At the meeting at the Department for Communities and Local Government in London on Wednesday, November 7 councils asked Mr Lewis that the government reconsiders its decision to end Transition Grant Funding from the next financial year onward.

Yarmouth is set to lose out more than any other council if the decision goes ahead.

'Any organisation losing such a large amount of its income would feel the effect,' added Mr Wainwright. 'As has been publicised; we are currently agreeing voluntary severance deals with a number of staff and looking at ways in which we can generate more revenue, but reconsideration from the government on the removal of this funding would help weather the storm a bit.'

Great Yarmouth Borough Council joined three other councils from around the country in meeting Mr Lewis.

Leader Trevor Wainwright and deputy managing director Jane Ratcliffe were joined by representatives from Hastings Borough Council, Pendle Borough Council, and Burnley Borough Council for the meeting with Brandon Lewis, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and MP for Great Yarmouth.

Transition funding was introduced by the government from 2011-12 in recognition of the concerns raised by a small number of councils that were due to see large reductions in the amount of money given to them by government.

Historically these councils had seen funding provided to them due to their high levels of deprivation.

The transition funding protected these councils against unsustainable drops in their spending power and limited the reduction to 8.8pc in each of the financial years 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Based on the current funding received from the government, the scrapping of transition funding will see Great Yarmouth Borough Council with around 30pc less funding in the next financial year and onwards.

That figure is higher than any other council in the UK due to also lose the transition funding.

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