Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Cabinet set to back a freeze in council tax

06:00 23 January 2013

Jane Storey

Jane Storey

Archant

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.

shares

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.”

shares

0 comments

Drivers who refuse to put down their mobiles are targeted

Traffic police in Suffolk and Norfolk stopped 36,000 drivers in a year on suspicion of what are termed the ‘Fatal Four’ motoring offences.

Sizewell C groundwork

Disappointment was voiced last night over renewed uncertainty for Suffolk residents waiting for a decision on Sizewell’s new nuclear reactors.

Despite wet weather, people head to Felixstowe for ice cream or just a walk in the rain.

Scarcely a few weeks have passed since talk of hot and humid temperatures interrupted by heavy rain and flash thunderstorms.

Drink driver in court

Two drink-drivers have been banned from the road after appearing before Ipswich magistrates.

Jane Segust, deputy head at Exning Primary School, outside the school, which has been damaged in an arson attack.

A west Suffolk school community has been left “devastated” following an arson attack on the first day of term.

Firefighters tackle a hedge fire in Stowmarket

A shed used to house birds was involved in a fire that started in a hedge during the early hours of Saturday morning.

The old Co-op building, Kingsway, Dovercourt. Picture: Andrew Partridge

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon has announced plans to open a new site in Dovercourt in a £1.3million investment.

Crash closes lane of A12 at Capel St Mary

A woman was taken to hospital with head injuries following a crash which closed a lane of the A12 this morning.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

A 21-year-old Ipswich man has admitted entering garages with intent to steal in a act of stupidity.

Mark Millar, chief executive of St Elizabeth Hospice, with Paul Winter, chief executive of Ipswich Building Society.

Ipswich Building Society has been named as the community engagement partner for one of Suffolk’s biggest ever mass participation and public art events.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages