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Council warns of 'tough choices' ahead of budget announcement

Cambridgeshire County Council has warned it has had to make "tough choices" ahead of announcing its latest budget today.

The authority is due to reveal its spending plans for the next financial year and 2017/18.

Voluntary organisations fear they - and the people they support - could suffer as a result of the "difficult decisions" the council says it has had to make.

MPs: Planned improvements to A47 will not stop us lobbying for more

The A47 which runs from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk to Leicester. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive.

MPs from across the Anglia region will continue to lobby for the A47 to be fully dualled.

The government has already agreed to a £300m investment programme which will see improvements at key pinch-points including the Acle straight.

They will also see the road - which runs from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, through Cambridgeshire to Leicester - become a dual carriageway from Dereham through to Acle.

But following a meeting between a number of Norfolk and Suffolk MPs and with Highways England this week, Elizabeth Truss insisted last year's the announcement would not stop them lobbying for further improvements.

"I am keen to ensure that Highways England is planning for the long term so the A47 is future-proofed for further upgrades. Along with my fellow MPs, we want the A47 fully dualled and I have asked Highways England to present the economic case for this."

– Elizabeth Truss MP, South West Norfolk (Cons).

Norfolk on list of shame for job pay

Two areas in the East of England have been revealed as being in the list of top ten local authorities which have the highest number of jobs which pay below the living wage.

Breckland came fourth, with 39.3% of jobs paying below the living wage.

North Norfolk came sixth, with 37.8% of jobs paying below the living wage.

South Cambridgeshire on the other hand, came third in a list of ten places with the lowest number of jobs which pay below the living wage, just 10.1%.

Out of all the authorities, which exclude London, West Somerset was shown to have the worst rates of pay and Runnymede the best.

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