Norfolk council budget: Job cuts and tax freeze

Plans have been agreed to cut £34m from Norfolk County Council's budget, which could lead to up to 200 jobs being lost.

Councillors also agreed to freeze its part of the council tax for a third consecutive year.

The Conservative-run authority's £1.5bn budget will also spend £250,000 to target funds from the European Union.

An extra £250,000 will go towards creating 20 apprenticeships with its commercial arm, Norse.

The budget has earmarked £1m to look at providing new housing which could be built by the council for sale and rent.


The council pledged to redeploy as many people as possible, to reduce the number of job cuts.

Acting leader Bill Borrett said: "Faced with ever-reducing government grant we cannot afford to sit on our hands, we need to become more entrepreneurial in our thinking.

"Similarly, by entering the housing market, we can provide a real boost to the Norfolk economy by stimulating the construction industry which we know will boost local jobs."

A spokesman for the Unison union criticised the budget as being "short-term projects with short-term funding".

"What Unison is looking for is long term investment in Norfolk and unfortunately the county council did not go down that route."

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