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Cuts to Norfolk adult social care, which critics say could increase homelessness, agreed – by narrowest of margins.

Cuts to Norfolk adult social care, which critics say could increase homelessness, agreed – by narrowest of margins.

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Millions of pounds of cuts, including for spending on independent living for young and old, have been backed by councillors – by the narrowest of margins.

The decision to cut more than £11m, including more than £5m from funding for services which support vulnerable people, was today agreed by Norfolk County Council’s adult social care committee.

But an attempt by opposition councillors to stop cuts to housing support was only blocked thanks to the casting vote of Conservative chairman Bill Borrett.

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Free bus rides help Norwich Foodbank deliver service

Norwich Foodbank has teamed up with Bus operator First Eastern Counties to make sure that people are able to pick up their emergency three-day food parcels with a free bus ride.


People who need to use foodbanks sometimes walk long distances with heavy shopping bags as they can’t afford public transport.

To address the issue, First Bus has developed a partnership with foodbank national charity the Trussell Trust, which already operates in the Midlands and Essex.

Now First Eastern Counties has linked up with Norwich Foodbank to offer bus journey vouchers, which can be used by people needing help from the foodbank and the volunteers who work there.

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Mental Health Watch: What’s changed a year since our campaign launched?

 Are people with mental health problems in the region getting better treatment than they were this time last year?

That was our hope more than 12 months ago when this newspaper launched a campaign to improve the under-performing mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk.

A crucial aim was to end the stigma of people suffering from mental health problems and raise awareness of the issues.

Our Mental Health Watch campaign has highlighted the struggles of the region’s mental health service, the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), as well as its progress and successfully campaigned to save a mental health helpline from closure.

But how have things progressed in the past year?

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