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  • AAS
    Article: Oct 22, 2020

    The Care Act 2014 makes it clear that local authorities must provide or arrange services that help prevent people from developing care and support needs, or at the very least attempt to delay the deterioration that leaves people dependent on care.

    Yet once again, Norfolk Conservatives are proposing to slash social care budgets: next year another £17 million is planned to be cut, meaning social care is again shouldering nearly half of the council's overall cuts.

  • Steff Dr Who
    Article: Sep 18, 2020

    Local electricity can reduce electricity bills

    Norfolk Liberal Democrats are calling on Norfolk County Council to join the cross party support of 151 MPs and to request the Government and Norfolk's MPs to support a bill that could make electricity cheaper for local residents.

    The Local Electricity Bill is currently being considered in Parliament and it would give electricity generators such as a local community centre the right to become local suppliers - i.e. sell their energy directly to local people - and make it financially viable to do so.

  • Photo of Brian Watkins
    Article: Sep 17, 2020

    Norfolk Liberal Democrats are calling on Norfolk County Council to push for a five-year government settlement for public health services, growing at least at the same rate as the NHS.

    The Conservative government has consistently undervalued the importance of Public Health. Norfolk has received £2m less funding from the Government for public health between 2018/18 and 2019/20 despite an increased need for services. Even with an increased national amount this year it still left the funding at 22% lower on a real term per capita basis than it had been in 2015/16.

  • Photo of Brian Watkins
    Article: Jul 16, 2020

    Norfolk Liberal Democrats are calling for Norfolk to have a comprehensive economic recovery plan.

    Brian Watkins Group spokesperson said, "Without a proper economic recovery plan we will push tens of thousands of people in Norfolk into poverty when the Government money runs out."

    "The Plan should answer the issues that matter most: what will happen next, who will take the lead, and how Norfolk's economy will recover as quickly as possible."

  • Photo of Brian Watkins
    Article: Jul 16, 2020

    Following the news that Norfolk County Council had resubmitted its bid to government for funding through the Transforming Cities Fund to create a number of public transport schems in Norwich.

    Brian Watkins Group spokesperson said, "There was widespread disappointment that the Council's original submission received considerably less than expected funding that the Council wanted. Our hope is that a higher figure can be achieved through an amended submission but even a new higher figure will be considerably less than originally expected."