LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 12/02/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 15 February, 2019
COUNTY BRINGS IN A THREE PER CENT RISE IN COUNCIL TAX
Norfolk county council has decided to put up its share of council tax for next year by 3 per cent.
The increase will add about another £40 to the average bill in the county. The council’s budget has been set at just over £409 million, after savings were approved of £31 million.
The council’s increase will be added to a rise in the police precept and also higher town council figures. South Norfolk district council meets next week to decide its council tax allocation.
Meanwhile, the county council has approved changes in care costs, despite criticism of the move.
It will affect how much disabled people have to pay for social care. About a thousand people in the county will have to pay more and 1,400 people will have to pay for the first time.
FUNDS FOUND TO KEEP CITIZEN’S ADVICE SERVICE IN EYE
Fears that the Citizen’s Advice service in Suffolk, including Eye, will be badly hit by financial cuts seem to have been averted.
New funding has been found to replace the loss of grants from Suffolk County council. The council is halving its financial contribution to Citizen’s Advice in the county later this year and it plans to cut funding completely in 2020.
The difference for next year will now be made up by the N.H.S. commissioning bodies for East and West Suffolk, following talks with the council.
POWER OFF IN PARTS OF SOUTH NORFOLK
Homes around parts of South Norfolk have been hit by power cuts.
The cuts have been caused by overhead cable faults with Old Buckenham and Banham among the areas affected. There’s a warning of further cuts as engineers carry out repair work.
CCTV MAY BE GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD IN CABS
Taxi and private hire companies in Norfolk and Suffolk are waiting to see if a move to update licensing laws for their services goes through.
It’s thought that new measures being considered at government level include much tighter checks on drivers and a possible use of CCTV in vehicles. Some taxi firms in the counties have installed dash-cams in vehicles, but in some areas, including South Norfolk, the use of internal CCTV is not permitted at the moment.
POLICE LAUNCH TRAUMA SUPPORT SCHEME FOR OFFICERS AND STAFF
Norfolk and Suffolk police have officially launched a new service to provide officers and staff with mental health support.
The two forces are collaborating in providing round-the-clock support for staff living with post-traumatic-stress disorder and trauma. It’s thought this service is the first of its kind in the country.
IPSWICH BOSS HIT WITH F.A. CHARGE AFTER DERBY MATCH
Ipswich manager Paul Lambert has been charged with misconduct by the F.A., after he was sent to the stands by the referee during Sunday’s East Anglian derby match at Carrow Road.
Both Ipswich and Norwich City have been charged with failing to control their players and officials, during the incident near half-time and also after 90 minutes of the game.
There’s been further bad news for the Blues after their defeat. Striker Freddie Sears suffered a cruciate ligament injury during the game and will be out for the rest of the season.