Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Suffolk: Councils prepare to learn their fate after Autumn Statement

06:00 06 December 2012

Jane Storey

Jane Storey

Archant

WHILE the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement gave the context in which finance decisions will be taken, local authorities have another two weeks to wait before hearing their financial fate.

Councils are expected to hear how much the government will give them on December 18 or 19 – giving their finance officers a busy time during the days leading up to Christmas.

Budgets are currently being prepared for the 2013/14 financial year – and one thing authorities can be confident of is that there will be no change in government funding next year.

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that central government’s grants to councils would be unchanged next year – but that there would be a cut of £445 million the following year.

Suffolk County Council’s deputy leader Jane Storey is responsible for the authority’s budget, and said there were few surprises in the statement so far as the county was concerned.

She said: “We are really waiting until we receive the details of the council’s funding settlement on the 18th or 19th – we hope we may know enough to give a view at the full council meeting on the 20th.

“We are pretty sure what the situation will be for next year – but the following year we are looking at a further 2% cut on top of what we are already planning for and that could be quite a challenge.”

During his statement, Mr Osborne praised the Department for Communities and Local Government for cutting its budget.

Mrs Storey said this should be a spur to other departments to cut harder to ease the pressure on local government.

And she said her personal view was that the decision to maintain the overseas aid budget at its current level was wrong.

“Personally I don’t feel it is right to maintain that while departments serving people in this country are facing some quite major cutbacks,” she said.

Ipswich council’s Labour leader David Ellesmere said his authority was reasonably confident it would be able to cope with next year’s settlement, but it had real concerns after that.

He said: “The message from this really was pretty grim – there is no growth which is what the country needs.

“We will know the details later, but while things should be okay next year, the following years are looking pretty grim if the government doesn’t change its policies.”

0 comments

Simon O'Brien-Ellington with his wife, Claire.

Paths are for people, not for cars. That is the driving force behind a campaign started by Ipswich man Simon O’Brien-Ellington who says badly parked cars block access for wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs and blind people.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A teenage registered sex offender has been given a suspended prison term after police discovered he had moved to Ipswich from the Midlands without telling them.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A 20-year-old man from Ipswich has been charged with allegedly kicking a female police officer in the face and biting her male colleague.

A loo with a view in Pakefield

With so much to see and do on the Suffolk coast, a day trip is just never long enough - so why not make a weekend of it? Or even book a week-long holiday?

BHS in Ipswich.

With BHS set to close across the country by the end of August, retail bosses and politicians are now looking for an alternative use for the large store in Ipswich’s Butter Market Street.

Pupils at Sprites Primary School have a junior pig named Mudlet that they have painted as part of Pigs Gone Wild project.

Can your children create a brightly coloured pig to rival those that have popped up around Ipswich this summer?

England's Harry Martin in 2014.

The greatest sporting spectacle on the planet is almost upon us once again.

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, together with Norfolk and Suffolk Chambers of Commerce, host a business engagement events at UCS, to give businesses in the East the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of devolution. 
Panel of speakers Chris Starkie Chris Bally Dr Peter Funnell Andy Wood OBE Mark Pendlington answer relevant questions

Business leaders from across east Suffolk have come together to back proposals for the region to get more devolved powers from the government.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A woman suffered a broken leg after falling from a horse in Santon Downham, near Brandon.

Police are at the scene

Two people have been flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with “potentially life-changing” injuries at a crash in Newton Road Sudbury.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24