County plans £125m more cuts and job losses after 2014

County Hall, home of Norfolk County Council, Norwich
Image caption Opposition parties said services would suffer, jobs would be threatened and the plans were premature

Norfolk County Council is planning £125m more budget cuts to be implemented after 2014 following a new review into central government funding.

The council will have made £135m savings and lost 1,600 jobs by March 2014 after three years of cuts.

"We want to protect services but need to re-balance our income," council leader Derrick Murphy said.

Opposition parties said services would suffer, more jobs would be threatened and the plans were premature.

Mr Murphy said: "We want to see essential services protected and, wherever possible, enhanced, whoever delivers them in the future.

"The economic messages are stark - we can't rely on government grants to close the gaps in future, and in any event, I don't think we should."

Labour group leader George Nobbs said he was shocked at plans for another £125m of cuts as this meant services would suffer.

Richard Bearman leads the Greens on the council and said he believed a new spending review was premature.

Mike Brindle for the Liberal Democrat Group said staff would be demoralised at the prospect of more job losses.

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