A further £125m of cuts coming to Norfolk County Council over the next four years
Norfolk County Council has to slash £125m over the next four years as Tory cuts start to bite, a string of proposals aimed at reducing services has been made.
The Tory administration says that ‘co-locating services’ such as libraries, children’s centres and day centres will help save the council money.
Cliff Jordan’s Tories also propose cutting half a million from subsidies and grants, further backoffice savings and more reductions on highways maintenance.
Labour councillors slammed the Tory leader and his administration for the lack of detail on his proposals.
The most controversial proposal is the halving of the children’s centre budgets, although the capacity to host them in other council buildings and the safeguarding issues that may arise as a result of such have been given seemingly little thought in what the administration is presenting to ratepayers.
As yet the council has not said which children’s centres are at risk of closure or relocation and what if any reductions in capacity might have on the service.
Steve Morphew, leader of the opposition Labour group, said:
“If the cut is going to be £10m to £5m and there’s 53 at the moment, what’s the assumption on how many will be left?
I hear the management speak, but we don’t have the answers to questions we are going to get from families who say ‘what’s going to happen to services we currently get?’”
Labour councillors will be ‘loudly challenging’ for more details on the proposals, the consultation with the public will commence on Monday and we’ll be posting details here and encouraging people to have their say over the next few weeks.
List of Children's Centres in the borough
- Caister Children's Centre
- Gorleston and Hopton Children's Centre
- Greenacre Children's Centre
- Priory Children's Centre
- Seagulls Children's Centre
- Trinity Children's Centre
- Village Green Children's Centre
Mike Smith-Clare, Yarmouth Nelson and Southtown division county councillor said:
"Yet again Tory administration hits our local communities with destructive cuts and hollow concerns. Nothing is safe in Conservative hands - from Children’s centres to police stations we are witnessing the systematic dismantling of our frontline provision.
Enough is enough!"