Where Norfolk County Council spent £80m of your money in December

Protest against council cuts at Norfolk County Council. Picture: Mustard TV

Protest against council cuts at Norfolk County Council. Picture: Mustard TV - Credit: Archant

Almost £80m of taxpayers' money was spent by Norfolk County Council in December on firms providing everything from care homes to pest control - but who got it? Search our table below to find out.

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We've been through 18,000 payments made by the council in December, published on the authority's website, to see where your money is being spent.

The biggest spending department is adult social care, with just under £26m paid out to suppliers that month.

The rising cost of adult social care was used to justify the largest increase in council tax since 2006 in Norfolk on Monday. Council tax bills are rising an average of 4.8pc to plug some of the gap in that budget.

Much of that £26m went to council-owned care providers such as Norse and Independence Matters CIC, who run care homes.

Work on the NDR north of Norwich went ahead thanks to LEP funding. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Work on the NDR north of Norwich went ahead thanks to LEP funding. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

It meant the single biggest cause of spending at the council was long-term residential care, at just under £10.5m.

Building the Northern Distributor Road north of Norwich was the second biggest expense at £6.7m. That made the contractor for the road Balfour Beatty the biggest single beneficiary of council spending in December.


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More than £4.7m of taxpayers' money was also spent in December paying off interest on council loans. The council paid that money servicing loans from the Public Works Loan Board. The cash is used to improve schools and roads.

At the other end of the spectrum, £90 was spent on bank charges and £700 on vegetation cutting.

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Children's services spent £13m in December on suppliers, according to the data.

The department is forecast to go £8m over budget this year, largely down to the council taking more children than expected into care.

It spent more than £1m on foster agencies, including £334,500 on the National Fostering Agency and £237,000 on the Anglia Fostering Agency.

Charity Break was also among the biggest suppliers to children's services. It provides accommodation and care for looked-after children.

Councils are required to publish every payment they make over £500 on their websites each month.

It means you can find out where your money has been going by searching the table on our website.

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