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Liberal Democrat response to Norfolk County Council £20m financial shortfall

April 30, 2020 5:06 PM

The Conservative-controlled Council has correctly praised the people of Norfolk for their resilience, but failed to answer how it will go forwards from here and Liberal Democrat Group Leader Steffan Aquarone is concerned that the people of Norfolk will continue to suffer once the lockdown is lifted.

"Many people across our county have shown the power of our communities to come together in a crisis - including the hundreds of officers at the County Council who have worked tirelessly to keep people safe.

"But the effects of the pandemic will be more than just short term and our recovery is going to need everyone to carry on working together.

"The £20m shortfall in just a few months shows us that the County Council's programme of cuts was short sighted and ill focused. Norfolk's economy was already facing significant challenge from Brexit and the Climate Emergency, now coronavirus risks making entire swathes of Norfolk's workforce redundant. Norfolk needs vision, ambition and leadership to cope with these challenges and create opportunity and prosperity.

"Norfolk's economy was already defined by low wages and low business startup rates. Whether we sink or swim depends on whether the County Council can step up and take the lead in fighting for the interests of Norfolk."

Liberal Democrat Group Leader Steffan Aquarone - concerned that the people of Norfolk will continue to suffer once the lockdown is lifted, unless the County Council takes the lead in rebuilding the local economy - Photo Credit Alex Broadway

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