Today’s SCC Budget Scrutiny

It has been a busy past month at the county, as we take in the scale of the necessary cuts that will be required following the Comprehensive Spending Review by the coalition Government.

Whether you think it too deep, too quick or the right response by the coalition after a few months in power trying to deal with the consequences of Labours year’s in power; that debate is national, all we know is that in Suffolk we have to deal with the cuts that are coming.

After months of looking at every aspect of our budget, today I and the team presented the ACS proposals to the County Council’s Budget Scrutiny Committee, where we debated and were questioned on the rationale for each cut we seek to make.

In short ACS is having to make savings of £12.7M which is lot of money, particularly when we add in inflation and a 3% growth in those seeking support each year, this year alone we are seeing 20 people a month who previously could afford their own residential care costs come to the social services and asking us to pay as they have run out of money, now beyond a statutory duty there is not a single councillor amongst us who does not believe it is the role of the county to support people who need residential care but at pushing on for £30,000 for each person per year that millions of extra costs we are having to absorb.

So these elements of the budget proposals are the culmination of months of hard work by Officers and those of us in the Cabinet as we planned the impact of different levels of cuts.

From this Scrutiny and its findings we can look again at our proposals so that we are in a position to present our budget proposals to the Full Council in February along with the thing that I suspect most people are interested in what will be the Council tax rise for them next year. Since we can to power in 2005 we have been able to deliver the lowest Council tax rises in the Councils history and I for one want to see this trend continue!

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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