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Norfolk County Council budget cuts to be decided today

Annabelle Dickson

Monday, February 14, 2011

9:15 AM

Controversial plans to cut nearly £60m from county council services and axe the equivalent of 750 full-time jobs will be decided at a Norfolk County Council meeting today.

Opponents to the plans came forward with alternative 11th hour proposals, but the controlling Conservative are likely to ensure the plans are given the green light at the full-council meeting at County Hall at 10am.

The lobby group Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts are holding demonstrations outside Norfolk County Hall today as part of a protest at cuts in jobs and services.

The plans follow a “Big Conversation” with residents across the county, which saw the cabinet row back from controversial proposals to tighten up the eligibility criteria for older people to access care, as well as rethinking plans to scrap a subsidy for post-16 transport for college students, following overwhelming opposition.

The authority also wants to use around £10m of government cash earmarked for social care to stave off some of those cuts and create a £5m prevention fund.

But opponents are unhappy about the cuts which are still planned, particularly the scrapping of the youth service, the redesign of day services, and the closure of the Unthank Family Centre in Norwich.

Norfolk County Council’s ruling cabinet recommended the budget plans which include a series of cuts across all departments and job losses.

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Kirklees adult social care cuts approved

Kirklees adult social care cuts approved
Adult social care in Kirklees is being scaled back as the council makes millions of pounds of savings following government funding cuts.

Vulnerable people will now have to be in “critical” need in order to access care as part of changes to the service.

Kirklees Council said the new approach would result in £2m savings a year, contributing to the £80m savings the council has to make by 2014.

The proposals were voted through at a meeting on Wednesday night.

The council said a person defined as “critical” included those whose life was threatened or had significant health problems.

A spokesman said there would still be discretion for people with “high substantial needs” to get support.

The changes have come under fire from protesters who say vulnerable and disabled people will suffer.

Cash appeal by carers who fear for their pamper days

Cash appeal by carers who fear for their pamper days

8:53am Tuesday 8th February 201

SPECIAL pamper days set up to help carers cope are facing the axe.

Carers of adults with disabilities say they count down the days to the special sessions which gives them some much needed “metime”, as well as a chance to meet other people in the same position as them.

But the Stress Relief Days, which have been running for the past seven years, are in danger of being axed in the wake of budget cuts.