£8m funding in Norfolk will go to helping vulnerable older people
- 11 Jan
Norfolk County Council have been awarded a one off grant, and councillors agree it should be used to help vulnerable people.
The £8m, created partly from a government grant due to freezing council tax, and partly through money recovered from Icelandic banks, will be shared out between services but should be targeted towards protecting older people.
Although it still has to go through council committees and panels, the controlling cabinet for Norfolk County Council have already given their 'strong view' of where the money should be used and have specified helping vulnerable people, especially older people, and investing to help communities.
The main areas they have put across are:
- Investing more in prevention services for vulnerable older people.
- Supporting vulnerable children and families.
- Investing in schemes and projects which make a "day to day difference" to communities - such as community construction projects, activities for young people and parish highways schemes.
- School improvement work.
- Investing in "critical highways improvement schemes" to support communities and businesses.
The exact detail of how the money will be spent and how much adult social services will receive has not been decided.
Harry Humphrey, cabinet member for finance, said:
We could choose to put that funding into reserves, but I firmly believe we should use it on priority areas such as caring for our older residents, supporting children, families and young people and investing in our community infrastructure, which also helps the Norfolk economy by giving work to our construction industry.
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