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(UK) $90M (US dollars) shortfall due to 'growth in SPED needs costs' and aging pop.

Jan 18, 2019, Norwich Evening News: ‘Cliff edge’ warning as Norfolk County Council’s budget black hole widens to £70m [$90M US dollars] [ The financial black hole at Norfolk County Council has soared to a ‘cliff edge’ £70m, with the leader warning tough decisions lie ahead unless the government makes pledges over future funding. In September, Andrew Proctor, the Conservative leader at County Hall, said the budget gap from had been brought down to just over £45m. But less than six months later, and the gap has widened to £70m, with Mr Proctor blaming rising cost pressures on adult social care and children’s services. He said, although the government has provided one-off cash, which has plugged some gaps for next year, the picture leading up to 2022 is extremely uncertain - but a further £80m of cuts and savings could need to be made. The council is budgeting for a 2.99pc council tax increase in the coming year and 1.99pc rises in the following two years. He said: “The council is facing major financial pressures that we cannot resolve locally, solely through council tax and business rates. “These pressures include the growth in special education needs costs and the care needs of our ageing population - national issues that are affecting many other councils…. Mr Proctor said the council would be setting out a business plan for the next six years, but that “tough decisions” could have to be made unless the government provides certainty. …

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