Protests over proposed cuts to council services in Norfolk

Protests outside Norfolk County Council Credit: ITV Anglia

There have been protests outside county hall in Norfolk where councillors are considering cuts to next year's budgets.

All council departments were asked to look at the possibility of cutting 25 per cent. This meant almost half of Norfolk's libraries were under threat, and a number of fire stations faced closure.

It appears this immediate threat has disappeared, although the councilstill faces making tough decisions.

"It's the Government that has imposed this on us. We will be consulting the people of Norfolk about what they think we should do. We'll be asking them whether they would support a rise in the council tax which would be the first in five years."

Dan Roper, Deputy Council Leader

Norfolk has to find savings of £111 million.

This is bad news for vulnerable people in our community who've already seen savage cuts to the services they rely on.

Eddie Pleben, Disabled People Against Cuts

Our reporter Malcolm Robertson is there.