Norfolk on course to achieve savings

Tuesday September 13th, 2011

Norfolk County Council says that it is on target to save £60m in the current fiscal year as part of the £155m savings the council needs to make by 2013-14.  

According to a new report, ‘Service and Financial Planning 2012-14’, the council needs to save another £75m over the next two years.

The council is hopeful that it can achieve these savings without increasing the council taxes for residents. Norfolk County Council froze its council tax last year and is hoping to do the same for the next fiscal year as well.

A final decision on council tax for 2012-13 will be made by the council in February 2012 when councillors agree the budget for the year ahead.

Ian Mackie, Norfolk County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance, said: “I am delighted that the County Council is on target to meet its savings targets for 2011/12. An enormous amount of work by staff and councillors has been going on in order to transform many of our services. Our efficiencies programme has left no stone unturned in order to balance the budget and support frontline services as best as possible.

“The County Council also faces these rising costs; however, we are equally determined to do everything we can not to add to household financial concerns during this very difficult period for our country. Therefore, I am pleased to report we will again be planning the 2012-13 budget on a zero council tax increase; this will be unprecedented in the history of the council to have two years at zero council tax increase.”

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