Conservative Councillors Pledge to Save Services in Broadland

'Broadland Council is forecasting a long-term financial hit to its books of between £2m and £4m.

And the authority has revealed it is considering making savings, instigating borrowing, or dipping into its reserves to compensate.

[Conservative Cllr] Trudi Mancini-Boyle, cabinet member for finance, said the council was not considering cuts to its services, and was well-placed to respond, with more than £22m worth of reserves in its coffers.

She said: “We will not cut services - they are more important to our residents than costs.

“We could do things in less expensive ways but that will not keep residents happy.”

Broadland will also review its capital spending and delay or bring forward as appropriate, “to help stimulate the economy”.

The finance cabinet member said: “It is obviously hugely significant. We’ve just put out the budget and the capital programme and it will have an impact on that.

“We will have more accurate figures from June, including any impact on reserves. We want to try and build homes and generate new jobs and businesses.”

She added: “We’ve always been a careful council. If we had to dip into our reserves, we would be able to cope, but we will continue to lobby central government to get as much back as we possibly can.

“It’s now the extra costs of getting towns up and running and the local economy vibrant again.”'


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