How will the cuts affect me? Full list of Norfolk County Council’s proposed £140m savings

Mobile libraries could be affected by the proposed cuts. Mobile libraries could be affected by the proposed cuts.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
6:00 AM

Some of the most vulnerable people in Norfolk will be among those hit by £140m cuts proposed to plug a funding gap at Norfolk County Council.

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Social care for older people, transport for students, mobile libraries, school crossing patrols and help for people just out of hospital are all in the firing line under proposals revealed today.

Norfolk County Council looks to make £140m of cuts

More than 500 jobs at the county council are under threat and the council will still need to save a further £46m.

Council leader George Nobbs said: “Nobody comes into public life wishing to cut services, but having found savings of £140m in recent years, there are no easy choices left to make.”

Here’s a full list of what is proposed - and what it would save over three years:

• Changing the systems and arrangements for buying things £0.249m

• Make use of newer and cheaper ICT systems and practices £7.861m

• The outcome of the re-tendering of the contract for Highways Maintenance £4.400m

• Improve the way they manage, buy, lease and fuel vehicles and equipment £4.356m

• Change key waste management contracts and approaches to reduce costs £1.73m

• Change the set up and monitor key social care contracts to reduce costs £6.2m

• Improving internal financial planning arrangements £0.351m

• Reviewing management, staffing and accommodation arrangements in services. Will review services with a view to rationalising the number of managers, staff and resources required to support, provide or commission services £8.687m

• Reducing training, subscriptions, events and other areas of spending that don’t directly support services £1.927m

• Make systems and processes smarter and more efficient £5.058m

• Make better use of information about Norfolk and its citizens to ensure that council services better reflect local needs £0.583m

• Reduced retirement costs for teachers because of an increase in academy schools £0.400m

• Spend some money on ‘invest-to-save’ projects £3.300m

• Continue to explore and develop alternative ways of managing and organising adult social care services £0.640m

• Use Public Health skills and resources to improve the way the council promotes people’s health, wellbeing and independence £2.480m

• Work alongside district councils and other organisations to reduce duplication and costs, and improve services £0.268m

• Renegotiate reimbursement for bus operators for concessionary travel schemes £1.050m

• Improve the work with the NHS and health services by sharing staff, funding and priorities £18.350m

• Improve the way it supports, challenges and intervenes in schools £0.850m

• Make more income from chargeable services by improving services, offering new services where there is a demand for them, and increasing charges where appropriate £5.999m

• Increase the number of services to prevent children and young people from coming into care and reducing the cost of looking after children £17.645m

• Change services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in response to the Children and Families Bill £1.912m

• Reduce the funding for restorative approaches £0.16m

• Stop contribution to the Schools Wellbeing Service, Teacher Recruitment Service, Norfolk Music Service and Healthy Norfolk Schools Programme and explore selling these services to schools £0.689m

• Change support for childminders, nurseries and other childcare providers. Reduce the amount of free training provided to ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ early years and childcare providers, and sell other training, support and improvement services £2.67m

• Reduce the cost of transport for children with Special Educational Needs. Create more school places for pupils with complex needs in Norfolk so that they don’t have to travel so far to go to school £1m

• Reduce the transport subsidy provided to students aged 16-19. This means the cost of a bus pass for students aged 16-19 travelling to school or college would increase, although it would still be subsidised £2m

• Reduce the amount of funding contributed to the partnerships that support young people who misuse substances and young people at risk of offending £0.25m

• Reduce funding for school crossing patrols. Reduce funding and encourage community groups, schools or volunteers to provide school crossing patrols rather than these being provided by council staff £0.3m

• Change the type of social care support that people receive to help them live at home. This means focusing on delivering care to support people in local communities more effectively and reducing the pressure on residential care services £0.4m

• Reduce funding for wellbeing activities for people receiving support from Adult Social Care through a personal budget. This means limiting the use of social care funding to pay for personal care, respite day care and residential care £12m

• Cut the costs of the contract with the provider delivering community health support to people with a learning disability. This means there will be a change in how the provider delivers this support £0.96m

• Reorganise how provide care for people with learning disabilities or physical disabilities. Re-negotiate the contracts with organisations that provide care, look to reduce the number of people that receive care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and speed up the building of new housing with care schemes. Some people would see a change in their care package £6m

• Work better with the NHS to deliver the Reablement and Swifts Services and look to share costs equitably £3m

• Scale back housing-related services and focus on the most vulnerable people £2.4m

• Reduce the number of Adult Care service users provided transport £2.1m

• Stop ongoing (revenue) spend on the Strong & Well programme £0.5m

• Reduce spend on library books and other materials. There would be a reduction in the range, choice and access to books and other materials at the library £0.35m

• Reduce the number of library staff £0.4m

• Charge for some activities provided in libraries. This includes charging for activities like storytelling sessions, visits by authors, courses that take place in the library and talks £0.03m

• Share library buildings with other organisations. You could see other services being provided in library buildings, such as the Police, or libraries may move locations within communities so that they are provided in buildings that are already occupied by other services £0.180m

• Reduce how often mobile libraries call at some places £0.109m

• Reduce funding for the arts service, including arts grants £0.110m

• Close Norfolk Record Office on Saturday mornings £0.012m

• Stop or scale back the availability of music and play sets from the library £0.01m

• Send overdue item reminders electronically £0.02m

• Scale back Trading Standards advice to focus on the things council has to do by law £0.373m

• Charge for advice to business from Trading Standards Service £0.02m

• Charge people for the advice they receive prior to submitting a planning application £0.398m

• Reduce costs of consulting on planning applications £0.037m

• Scale back planning enforcement £0.037m

• Charge for site inspection reports for operators of mineral and waste sites £0.005m

• Reduce subsidy for the Coasthopper bus service £0.150m

• Reduce highway maintenance for one year. Reduce amount of maintenance on the highway across the county which could include fewer grit bin refills, replacing fewer safety barriers when they are damaged, not replacing road markings as often and reducing the maintenance of bridges and traffic signals £1m

• Purchase different, cost-effective fire vehicles for some stations £1.125m

• Stop supplying and fitting free smoke detectors £0.08m

• Reduce funding to organisations that support and represent the local voluntary sector £0.045m

• Move the historical registration records to the Norfolk Record Office £0.05m

• Cut the cost of providing school transport. This involves encouraging school children to use alternative methods of getting to and from school £0.33m

• Charge for the disposal of tyres at recycling centres £0.039m

• Stop routine disposal of paint at recycling centres £0.3m

• Charge at some recycling centres. There would be a charge of £2 per visit to use nine recycling centres across the county. The other recycling centres would remain free £0.28m

• Reduce opening hours at some recycling centres – Ashill, Heacham, Morningthorpe, Strumpshaw and Worstead – so they operate on a part-time basis from April 2015 £0.167m

22 comments

  • Hows about asking us what we don't want. I don't use libraries, I send my kids to private school, don't have a dependent older person, drive safely enough not to need lollipop ladies etc etc. In fact I am brilliant value for the Council. So I would like to say what a I don't want my dosh wasted on. Overpaid Councillors, overpaid Ossifers, people who think they are brilliant property developers, RAF Coltishall (see previous wish), the incinerator which is going to bankrupt Norfolk when giving our rubbish to the Amsterdam incinerator which needs it desperately would be a money maker. And what I do want to see is Top Man Toby put in charge. Then we don't need to have this angst every year from people who aren't capable of running a business properly. Top Man could do this standing on his head.

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    alecto

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • Ingo - not even worth a grown up response... If you can prove it report it. If you can't then get over it and move on! It's getting unhealthy.

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    Andy T

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • "Spend some money on invest to save projects". Errrr. What!?!!?!? And £3 million!? Who writes this stuff?

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    DT

    Friday, September 20, 2013

  • Cancel incinerator now before it adds up to even greater expense. Start earning money by selling our rubbish to Amsterdam now, they need it! all very easy if only Labour, Lib Dems, and greens abided by their pledges in their Manifestos, and not go back on their word to the electorate.

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    maryjane

    Friday, September 20, 2013

  • Ingo - when did Freemasonry come into a debate about cuts? Are you saying NCC is now run by Freemasons? Paranoia rules.

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    Andy T

    Friday, September 20, 2013

  • Oh. And the allowance is also taxed...

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    Andy T

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • Cliff Jordan's big idea for "Enterprising Norfolk" lives on: share library buildings with other organisations; such as Tesco Express.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • Why have they targeted the Coasthopper . Is this because 70% of the users of this service get free rides all day.The few who do cough up the money will probably be the ones most affected by any reduction in service. Time to review bus passes i think !

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    spark

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • How will it affect me? Not at all. I am a twin-hatter, rolling in fat allowances which I voted to award myself along with my greedy fellow councillors. Why I am so busy fending orf lobbyists and vested interests I can seldom find the time for tiresome council meetings, but don't let that concern you. I am fully insulated from "austerity". You see DaveCam needs to keep the little foot-soldiers like me in the readies if he's to have any chance of re-election in 2015, and what better way to buy my continuing support if not with your hard-earned tax payments, what what. A sensible approach might be to have a single tier of Government in the county, which would doubtless yield a saving to dwarf this piffling £186 million, but common sense cannot take precedence over electoral suizide you know. LOL

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • I pay for private education. Private pension. Private health cover. Car Tax. Have no subsidies or allowances. If required I pay for child care and legal advice. If I want a book I'll buy it. I get free damage to my car from the badly maintained roads, and I sometimes see gritters. How will it affect me? Not at all.

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    Andy T

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • I agree with a lot of what you say alecto. 'Civil servants' pay had rocketed under Labour central government in line with their rewards for failure and generous pay offs. How can it be right that they are paid very generous redundancy packages only to walk into other council(s) jobs whilst insisting that the benefits they received in the job they had just left are carried over into the new job? Plenty of savings to be made there.

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    andy

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • How many Freemasons are still operating their split loyalties within councils Andy, you are so knowledgeable and grown up, would you know of what they have done to Gt. Yarmouth?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • scrap free bus passes for anyone under 70 or who owns a car. I went past a bus stop in pakefield yesterday and I've never seen so many oaps waiting for there free bus ride

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    david106

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • Ingo - not even worth a grown up response... If you can prove it report it. If you can't then get over it and move on! It's getting unhealthy.

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    Andy T

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • Crazy - Councillors don't have salaries or pensions. They have an allowance. Contrary to popular opinion they can't claim all their expenses either. This is because there are restrictions in place that limits the number of claims they can make travelling to County Hall.

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    Andy T

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • No mention of cutting Councillors salaries?? Many of these are just going to increase costs elsewhere! Badly thought through in my opinion with very little thought for the bigger picture.

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    Crazy

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • well said alecto and spark. A nominal charge of £1 for every journey would not hurt. A senior management review proposed in April 2011, which should have reported back a long time ago, will happen said Mr. Britain, chief financial officer of NCC, it will be on top of the cuts they propose, not part of it, we shall wait and wait and wait and see, eventualy

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • Ingo - keep your shoes on... you seem hung up over back handers. Is it some kind of suppressed jeolousy that you believe you are missing out on? If you have any evidence or can prove they exist then contact the Police or the SFO. Or are they all on the take as well in your little world? What have the voices told you today? Get a reality check and move on. It's all in your mind.

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    Andy T

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • Whatever you call what the Councillors get it is still money in their pocket and there should be a lot less of it so don't split hairs. Cant wait for UKIP to vote the allowance out of existence as they have announced they wish to do.

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    alecto

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • The best earner by far, shut the lot down, get rid of the staff and let the offices out as flats! Campaign to increase Council Tax!!! YEAH< YEAH!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • Mr Isaliar, you are SO funny, excellent and thanks very much for putting any reader off of ever voting conman again. Well done you.

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    Canary Boy

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

  • Not too bad then.Sounds like a lot of slack.How about freezing council tax like the Conservatives did for 3years.

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    PaulH

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

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