After a public consultation, which ran from October 2015-January 2016, Norfolk County Council considered a range of proposals which would save £123m over the next three years. Instead, it appears that cross party agreement means that the leaders of all political parties in the Council have chosen to raise the rate of Council Tax by 3.99 % and make £42m of savings in back office costs. This will be confirmed when the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee meets on Monday 8th February and ratified on the 22nd February, when the full Council meets.
As a result a new Council budget has been prepared, and this is available online here. This proposal removes the threat of cuts to the Historic Environment Services.
However, even with the rise in Council Tax, there are still savings of over £100 million to be made over the next three years. Whilst this is good news for the rich heritage of Norfolk, it is perhaps not the last time that these services will come under scrutiny. The Council for British Archaeology will be keeping a watchful eye on future developments.