Norfolk County Council sets budget for next year by narrow margin

Norfolk County Council is meeting to try to set a budget for next year. Norfolk County Council is meeting to try to set a budget for next year.

Monday, February 17, 2014
4:42 PM

Norfolk County Council has set its budget for next year - by a narrow margin.

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The Labour/Liberal Democrat administration, which has support from UKIP had proposed a budget which will pave the way for £167m of savings and cuts over the next three years.

From reductions in library staff and school crossing patrols to less money to fix roads and charging for recycling, the proposals were outlined in a consultation called Putting People First.

But the Conservatives voted against the budget and only an 11th hour deal brokered with the Greens saw the budget over the line.

It was agreed by 41 to 39, with one abstention.

Two of the most contentious proposals were to cut subsidies for transport for 16 to 19 year old students and to reduce spending on personal budgets in adult social services.

The cabinet had suggested a year’s stay of execution for those cuts, although the savings will still have to be made over the three years.

An extra £3m, as previously agreed, is earmarked for the troubled children’s services department.

The £308.3m budget for next year is predicated on a freeze for council tax.

A Green amendment, calling for a 3.5pc council tax increase, which would have been used to safeguard personal budgets and some school services was lost this morning.

But a UKIP amendment, including reducing cuts to Trading Standards, making money available to help carers and creating a £250k emergency coastal erosion fund was voted through and became part of that substantive motion which was discussed this afternoon.

The deal agreed with the Greens, which saw two of them vote with the administration, will mean a review into the cuts to personal budgets and confirmation that there will be an extraordinary council meeting with a vote on whether to push ahead with the incinerator at King’s Lynn.

32 comments

  • A Dickens.ian budget favouring rich before poor, determined by a lost central Government still spending on pet M.o.D projects and implemented by a Lab Ukip Lib Dem coalition. As mentioned we pay for Coltishall, 4 million to con.sultants for the lost incinerator, and a 26 million IT renewal of NCC's laptops, Ipads, regardless of whether this could wait another two years. This budget will hurt people whilst the senior management review at NCC is postponed. The Conservatives choose to wreck the budget, rather than do the work and present an alternative, what are they there for apart from putting us into long term dependencies?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • I submitted my comments this morning at 9.00am.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • The Norfolk CC Coalition is doing a good job under very difficult and trying circumstances.

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    blue tractor

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Charge for recycling, as fly tipping is major problem this will make it more prolific , the council will end spending more clearing it up !!!

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Vote UKIP for a Labour Council

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    Norfolk Lad

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Unfortunately, no one is either brave enough or clever enough to make the huge cuts necessary to get the budget back on track and reduce the burden on normal hard working tax payers. Instead they pussy foot around trying to protect votes from the seeming majority that are on benefits and have an adversity to working.

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    Norfolk John

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I listened to the debate on radio Norfolk this morning and it would be fair to say that prior this I didn't have a lot of faith in this lot, now I have absolutely none. bar one or two they are nothing but a lot of egotistical party hacks who put themselves first, followed by their party and they really don't give a toss about the public in Norfolk.

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    Catton Man

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • An awful lot of irrelevant rubbish from Toby Coke - nothing to do with local norfolk issues at the beginning more about Toby Coke mascarading as Winston Churchill and spouting off about things which can only be dealt with at a higher and more august level. All for £250k which will contribute very little towards the massive problems of coast erosion. Still he made an effort sadly just showed UKip for what they are - not voteworthy.

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    maryjane

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • @ Horace Wimp - Succinctly put.

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    BG

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • maryjane, UKIP are very vote-worthy, they are the only party that have worried the pathetic, normal boreing so called big three, in ages, they have definatley ruffled your feathers, because if they were not vote-worthy, you wouldnt have bothered making any comments.

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    Chuncky993

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • The Tories are a disgrace. They failed us with the Murphy administration and are destructive in opposition. Well done to the Rainbow Alliance for getting a budget through against such negativity. Just a shame they couldn't have stood up to the national government, and made no more cuts.

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    Johnboy

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • how can the lib lab coalition cut school crossing workers. How can you justify this cut

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    milecross

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • An awful lot of irrelevant rubbish from Toby Coke - nothing to do with local norfolk issues at the beginning more about Toby Coke mascarading as Winston Churchill and spouting off about things which can only be dealt with at a higher and more august level. All for £250k which will contribute very little towards the massive problems of coast erosion. Still he made an effort sadly just showed UKip for what they are - not voteworthy.

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    maryjane

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • This is too simple! Pet projects; NDR, incinerator, Coltishall, all this money could be put to good use. Services wouldn't have to be cut and excess used to develop places such as Great Yarmouth. The contingency fund has too much money in it, for emergencies? You wouldn't run your household budget like some of theses politicians (unless of course it wasn't your money)!

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    Alharry

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I didn't listen this morning on radio Norfolk, but from what appears to have happened, it is a typical LabouringLibDum administration .. cut this, ban that, waste the money because it isn't ours (we're not the working man!) and when the money has gone, let's tax and tax again & blame someone else. It's not democracy, it's demockery.

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    Patrick

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • The 40 Conservatives were lazy in not submitting a costed budget proposal which would have been debated. They now cannot complain about the budget now passed.In put up or shut up, they chose the latter.

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    bedoomed

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • and by 6pm my comment has still not appeared. Troll moderator, or lazy staff?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • UKIP are very vote-worthy, are they really? Are any of them real vote-worthy? The majority of people don't think so and nor do I.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Well well well, another one, who is obviously worried about the non vote-able UKIP, it does make me laugh, i suppose all the other so called big 3, have done so much for this once great country...oh wait a minute, no they havent, they have systematicley destroyed the country i served and was once proud of. Im an ex serviceman that feels a second rate citizen in his own country and im discusted with how we are taxed into the ground, i havent had a pay rise for 3 years, im a nurse now and we dont get big bonuses, but im sure all those that got us in this mess have had their bonus payed! so dont preach to me about politicians, they are all worthless, over payed, arragant and look after their own.

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    Chuncky993

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • maryjane, UKIP are very vote-worthy, they are the only party that have worried the pathetic, normal boreing so called big three, in ages, they have definatley ruffled your feathers, because if they were not vote-worthy, you wouldnt have bothered making any comments.

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    Chuncky993

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Johnboy. The tories are now in opposition. It's their job to question the ruling party.. Why would the Conservatives put in another budget given that everything they have sugested has been rejected time and again. £1M for two votes! Labour and the Greens have robbed us!

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    Andy T

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • £1m for two votes, Nobbs has robbed us all

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    Fred

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • A £250k emergency coastal erosion fund is almost enough for a ten metre stretch of flood defence. No worries there then. I love it when carrot crunchers get into local politics.

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    Lyn from Lynn

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • I thought it was going to be Mr Nobbs considering his resignation tonight, but Mr Borrett is the one who should be getting his P45. He came to the chamber criticising the budget but couldn't name what exactly the issue was. He didn't even have his own alternative - they've used officers in the past to do that. He even got slapped down for swearing.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Phew just show we don't know it all, I thought it was moved by tractor and trailer Norfolk CC full of it.

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    Tractor4

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • A Dickensian budget favouring rich before poor, determined by a lost central Government still spending on pet MoD projects and implemented by a LabUkipLibDem coalition. As mentioned we pay for Coltishall, 4 million to consultants for the lost incinerator, and a 26 million IT renewal of NCC's laptops, Ipads, regardless of whether this could wait another two years. This budget will hurt people whilst the senior management review at NCC is postponed. The Conservatives choose to wreck the budget, rather than do the work and present an alternative, what are they there for apart from putting us into long term dependencies?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • It's perhaps not surprising for the Greens to face 3 ways on an issue,even if there are only 4,but not for the Tories,who used to be such a well-oiled machine but are now a complete shambles.The Tory members' silence at their own leader's speech spoke volumes,they are hopelessly divided and cluelessly led.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • An awful lot of irrelevant rubbish from Toby Coke - nothing to do with local norfolk issues at the beginning more about Toby Coke mascarading as Winston Churchill and spouting off about things which can only be dealt with at a higher and more august level. All for £250k which will contribute very little towards the massive problems of coast erosion. Still he made an effort sadly just showed UKip for what they are - not voteworthy.

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    maryjane

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • UKIP are becoming a bigger joke as time goes on, I really thought they would be something good but no, They are a waste of time and a waste of a good vote, I haven't seen any of them do any good anywhere in the country.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Was there something about Morphew promising money to the flood sufferers. Has he not been watching the news? Central government has said that there will be any amount of money available and it will be backdated to December. So please hoick that back into the budget Mr Morphew and let central government use their funds. And next time spend more time on national news and less on attacking your own Councillors, vide Alex Kemp.

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    alecto

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Most of UKIP are nothing more than former right wing Tories who are just saying what people want to hear; a leopard can't change its spots, don't be fooled.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • UKIP have got councillors so they cannot be ignored. They showed more political acumen then the cahotic Conservatives who complained about everything yet put forward no counter proposals. Tories in Norfolk are in chaos as Chloe Smith has put out publicity saying the Tories on NCC made counter proposals yet they have done no such thing leaving Chloe looking more foolish than even Jeremy Paxman could make her look. Bill Borret is the worst leader of a political party on NCC I have ever seen,

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    Jonny

    Monday, February 17, 2014

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