Consultation for 2021/22
Council is committed to making Norfolk a county where businesses, organisations
and communities continue to thrive together, even as we address the impact of
COVID-19. We will do this by tackling the challenges that face us and moving
forward together to create ever better places to work and live.
The business plan
we launched in 2019, Together, for Norfolk, is now well embedded in all
that we do in planning to grow our economy, manage development and achieve
better futures and outcomes for everyone who lives and works here.
We continue to
provide vital services to give children and young people the best start in
life, support vulnerable and older people, maintain our highways and transport
network, provide library, waste disposal and fire services and work in
partnership to grow the economy.
We are currently
delivering these services in a financial climate of almost unprecedented risk
and uncertainty, both from the perspective of people who use our services, and
those who provide them. The Council must now plan for the ‘triple whammy’
impacts of rising budget pressures, uncertainty over Government funding and the
financial challenges associated with COVID-19.
decisions about how we spend your money is never easy and many of the
additional costs, lost income and undeliverable savings in the current year
will have a significant impact on our 2021-22 finances. It remains critical to
develop balanced, sustainable budget proposals which will enable the Council to
continue to deliver the essential services which are relied on by all Norfolk’s
people, businesses and visitors (who help boost our economy).
There are statutory services we need to protect and a limited
choice of where savings can be made. We have already saved £436m between 2011
and 2020, but even by increasing council tax by the amount we’re allowed to
without a local referendum and a proposal to raise the £8.5 million by
increasing the Adult Social Care precept, we won’t balance our budget next
year. This means we must find an additional £26m of savings in 2021-22 and may
possibly need to save more depending on the level of Government support
We are putting
every effort into listening to our residents to ensure we know what services
you value most. By developing our budget proposals in line with residents’
priorities, coupled with our strategy of changing services to make them more
efficient, we aim to make most of the savings we need by cutting running costs
and with the least possible impact on frontline services.
I wanted to
alert you to the webpage where we published our budget consultation on 26th
October. You can find out more at www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget
and have your say using our online feedback form. Using our online
feedback ensures we have a clear record of your response and that your views
are accurately recorded.
that some residents may not have online access and people who are unable to
respond online can send us send their views in writing to:
RTCL-XSTT-JZSK Norfolk County Council, Ground floor – south wing, County Hall,
Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH.
request our budget consultation document in other formats, including paper
form, by calling 0344 800 8020 or emailing email@example.com.
We will make all materials as accessible as possible.
closes at midnight on 14th December 2020. Please note that if we
receive any consultation responses after this date we cannot guarantee that we
will be able to take them into account.
I hope this
update is helpful to you in giving your organisation the time to plan how to
make your views known and to schedule any agenda items or special meetings that
you may need to put in place.
If you have any
questions about the process for consultation, please do not hesitate to get in
touch with Christine Mawson, Stakeholder and Consultation Manager, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 01603 224485.