Today in Parliament Norfolk MP’s will meet with Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak MP, to discuss funding of Norfolk County Council.
In January 2019, Norfolk County Council Leader Cllr Andrew Proctor wrote to MPs setting out the challenging circumstances the Council faces in developing a budget for 2019-20 and then 2021-22.
Cllr Proctor outlined the significant difficulty in ensuring the continued delivery of demand-led services without guaranteed multi-year funding from central Government.
Norman Lamb coordinated a letter, signed by five other Norfolk MPs requesting a meeting with the Chancellor or another Treasury Minister.
This meeting will take place today (Tuesday 14th May 2019) in Westminster.
Norman Lamb MP said:
“I was pleased when MPs from other parties signed my letter requesting a meeting with the Minister to discuss the financial challenges faced by Norfolk County Council.
In today’s meeting with the Minister I will stress how serious the financial situation in Norfolk is.
The decisions that Norfolk County Council will be making when setting out their budget will impact many vulnerable people in our communities. I am acutely aware that many who rely on council services are set to lose out, including many elderly and disabled people in need of care and children and young people at risk.
I am hopeful that the Minister will listen to our concerns. It is imperative that the Government addresses the funding of local government.”