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Suffolk: Cabinet set to back a freeze in council tax

PUBLISHED: 06:00 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:08 23 January 2013

Jane Storey

Jane Storey

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SUFFOLK County Council’s budget for the next year is set to be agreed by the authority’s cabinet next week – despite lingering concerns from opposition parties.

The county’s element of council tax bills is set to be frozen when the budget is set by the full council next month, but first the budget has to be approved by the cabinet at Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday.

The county is looking to cut its budget by £24.9million in the financial year 2013/14 – but the Conservative administration says frontline services will be protected.

However opposition councillors say the cuts are too deep at a time when the council is seeing its reserves increasing substantially.

Both the Liberal Democrats and Labour believe more should be spent on children’s services, rather than saving money for a “rainy day”.

Jane Storey, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for finance, said: “The savings that are being proposed are significant and will require continued firm management in 2013/14 and future years.

“Last year we made a commitment to focus savings on the back office to protect, as far as possible, the front line. This budget delivers on that commitment.”

LibDem budget spokesman Andrew Cann said: “I cannot understand why the county council feels it necessary to keep increasing reserves which are now £160million when they say they have not got enough money to invest in schools and learning.”

Labour leader Sandy Martin said: “The county council says it is saving for the future, but this is typically cautious behaviour from a Tory authority.

“One of the reasons it gives for building up reserves is the need to pay for redundancies, but it is making a lot of redundancies and still managing to increase its reserves – that money should be spent on increasing opportunities for young people.”

Stowmarket Road in Great Blakenham was closed on Saturday night after a car left the road and crashed into a house.

Police have named the van driver who died in an accident on the Orwell Bridge on Friday as 67-year-old Michael (Mick) Rayner from Essex.

A new customer service office has opened in Sudbury as Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils prepare to move their main operations to Ipswich where they will share Suffolk’s Endeavour House headquarters.

Road crews from Highways England will be working at the following sites on East Anglia’s busiest roads over the next week – so this is where drivers can expect to find delays:

Colchester MP Will Quince was visibly moved as the House of Commons passed a new law giving parents the right to compassionate leave from work after suffering the tragedy of stillbirth.

The snooker area at Bears Pool & Snooker Club in Ipswich has now opened following the venue relaunch this summer.

A primary school student is counting down the days until the Bury St Edmunds Round Table fireworks display after winning an artwork competition to be the VIP.

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