Almost 200 days after embarking on the most difficult budget challenge ever, Nottinghamshire County Council has unveiled its final plans.
The budget was due to be rubber stamped as we went to press yesterday, Thursday February 27.
A number of changes are being proposed to the initial plan as a result of the feedback during the public consultation.
The changes include allocating £1m per year from the public health budget to fund housing services for the homelessness, retaining four welfare benefit workers, keeping a specialist team to support adults with Asperger’s, continuing to fund transport assistance to over 1,000 older and disabled people every week, keeping a cafe in Sutton-in Ashfield run by local people with learning difficulties and delaying the closure of Kingsbridge Way Short Breaks service and Newlands NHS Short Breaks Unit.
Nearly 38,500 people responded to the consultation with everything from letters and petitions to tweets.
The council has announced plans which will reduce its spending by £83m over the next three years – £57m of which will be reinvested to meet on-going, spiralling demand for services to care for the elderly and protect vulnerable children.
Leader of the council Alan Rhodes said: “Despite unprecedented cuts, our budget aims to provide fairness in difficult times. Nevertheless, the people should feel very angry that Government cuts in funding for services in Nottinghamshire are double those of more affluent areas such as Buckinghamshire and Surrey. This can’t be allowed to continue and we are calling on individuals, businesses, other public bodies, faith groups, unions and politicians to join us in appealing for a Fair Deal for Nottinghamshire.”
People can show their support for the Fair Deal for Nottinghamshire campaign by signing the petition at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/fairdeal by the end of March.
For more information on the final plans see next week’s Advertiser or log on to www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/budget.