Plans to freeze council tax
County councillors in Norfolk and Suffolk are set to vote next week on multi-million pound budgets which would see council tax freezes in both counties for the third year running.
Norfolk County Council’s budget proposals will be considered by its cabinet on Monday. If agreed and then ratified by the full council on February 18, 2013/14 will see a £1.5 billion spend, including £95m on capital projects such as schools and highways.
The budget includes £34.2m of savings, drawn from staff cuts in libraries, the record office and the adult education service, along with changes to day services.
In Suffolk, the county council’s cabinet will next week confirm details of its 2013/14 budget which will be recommended to the full council on February 14. The council says frontline services will be protected while savings of £24.9m will be achieved by cutting bureaucracy, changes in adult care and children’s services, reducing office accommodation by co-locating staff and other measures.
Mid Suffolk District Council’s executive last week took the first steps in its budget setting process and is also looking to freeze council tax while finding savings of £1.3m. Additional money set aside from the New Homes Bonus will be used to support economic growth with proposals for a £200,000 community fund for local councils.
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