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North Yorkshire Council asks for long-term funding from government

North Yorkshire Council asks for long-term funding from government

Published by Harry Long at 4:38pm 19th February 2020.

North Yorkshire County Council has asked the government for long-term funding to tackle 'unrelenting' pressures on spending from adult and children’s services.

  • North Yorkshire Couty Council is asking the government for long-term funding to tackle spending pressures. 
  • Council tax will rise by 3.99 per cent – including a 2 per cent social care precept.
  • The Council is under particular pressure to fund adult and children’s services.

The budget package agreed at North Yorkshire County Council’s quarterly meeting means that that council tax will rise by 3.99 per cent – including a 2 per cent social care precept. 

That's the equivalent of £4.36 per month or £1 per week for an average household.

North Yorkshire County Council county hall
North Yorkshire County Council

Cllr Carl Les, North Yorkshire County Council’s Leader, said:

“We urgently need some long-term funding solutions, particularly for adult social care as the burden cannot continue to fall on the council tax payer.  We need a cross-party national solution to this issue.

“We welcome the new Government honouring the pledge to provide the additional social care funding and to repeat the one-off grants for a further year which helps us to continue to deliver high-quality services.

“However, we urgently need an end to temporary funding and a more permanent solution via a full spending review that covers three to four years so we can plan properly given the escalating demand for services.”

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The council has lost around £136 million in direct grants from government since 2011 when austerity began. 

Together with the overall savings North Yorkshire has had to deliver and the rise in demand the council’s spending power has been reduced by 40 per cent. 

'Significantly underfunded'

County Councillor Gareth Dadd, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Finance, said:

“The reality is that two of our biggest areas of spend are now significantly underfunded. Adults who need social care and children with special educational needs are some for the most vulnerable people we look after and the services we offer can be life-saving and life-changing. We want the best for our residents. 

“Alongside those challenges we have to identify a further £40 million in savings over the next four years. The Budget report sets out plans for £21 million of that but we still have £19 million to find. We need financial clarity so we are not planning in the dark.”