Online challenge to make �3.4m council cuts

Residents in south Norfolk are being asked to make their suggestions on how their district council can save almost �750,000 over the next year.

Tax payers are being invited to log on to an online calculator to help the district council balance its budget and keep council tax frozen.

The local authority will set out its proposals for fresh savings at a cabinet meeting on February 7 and full council on February 21.

The council, which is in merger talks with Great Yarmouth Borough Council, is looking to shed �744,000 from its budget in the next financial year and save a total of �3.4n by 2014/15. It comes after the coalition government slashed the authority's grant support.

Garry Wheatley, cabinet member for governance and corporate resources at South Norfolk Council, said they wanted to hear people's views on what should be cut and what should be improved.

'We have already proposed savings of around �744,000 for next year, but we want to know what local people think are the right choices so that when we go into this again, we have their involvement.'

'Using the budget calculator will give local people a unique insight into the huge challenges we face, and help us with ideas to make the savings and efficiencies which keep council tax affordable,' he said.

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The online calculator is available at http://youchoose.yougov.com/SouthNorfolk