Planning for the future
Norfolk County Council has a turnover of £1.4 billion per year. We have a wide range of responsibilities, including social care for children and adults, support for schools, improving transport and broadband connectivity and supporting economic growth.
As part of the Government’s efforts to balance the national books, all public services are required to make savings.
You will see on The budget challenge page how the council’s funding has declined and the cost of providing services has risen. At the same time the grant that central government gives us has fallen by £204 million since 2011.
Against this backdrop, we have developed a robust strategy to address our current challenges.
Since 2011-2012 we have budgeted for significant savings of £364 million, including £246 million of efficiency savings.
We are proposing to save £79 million* (including new savings proposals for 2019-22) over the next three years and are identifying ways of bridging a remaining gap of £45.98 million*.
- Focusing on efficiencies and protecting front-line services
- Generating more income ourselves
- Considering rises in council tax, by the minimum required to put our finances on a sound footing
We are following these principles:
- Offering our help early to prevent and reduce demand for specialist services
- Joining up our work so that similar activities and services are easily accessible, done well and done once
- Being business-like and making best use of digital technology to ensure value for money
- Using evidence and data to target our work where it can make the most difference
To read the council’s full vision and strategy visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/visionandstrategy
*These figures were correct at the time of publishing