Council first to set next year’s budget

Nottinghamshire County Council will announce its final budget proposals for next year ahead of other local authorities.

The council’s cabinet considered the proposals at a meeting on Wednesday, February 9, and the final plans will be decided at the full council meeting on February 24. The authority needs to save around £87m next year due to reduced Government grants and an increase in demand for a number of key services.

Around £42m of the savings will be reinvested in children, social workers, the elderly and people with learning disabilities.

The council is also proposing to freeze council tax for a second year in a row. But residents across the county are still angry about cutbacks in services such as libraries and voluntary groups.

A five month public consultation on the budget attracted responses from 10,000 people.