Any alternative proposal that we make to the Secretary of State should have the capacity to meet the affordability criterion. In order to test whether a pattern of unitary local government is likely to be affordable, we asked finance officers from the relevant local authorities to provide us with certain financial information on each of the patterns identified in our reports published in July 2008. This information was provided to us at the end of the consultation in summer 2008. Our financial consultants then considered this information and their reports have been published on our website.
In February 2009 we issued further financial workbooks to Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council in support of the Greater Norwich and Rural Norfolk pattern of local government. We asked for this information in response to new financial information supplied to the Committee by Norwich City Council in January 2009. The Committee considered that this new information should be analysed by the independent financial consultants. The new workbooks were completed by Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council and returned to us on 25 February 2009. These were subsequently updated on 3 March and are published below. We have invited local authorities to provide us with any comments on these workbooks.
All of this information has been provided by local authorities and has not been manipulated by the Boundary Committee. The conclusions we draw from analysing this information will feed into any advice to the Secretary of State which must be provided to her by 15 July 2009.
Log of queries relating to the new workbooks (PDF) - last updated 19/02/2009
Below are the links to the workbooks that local authorities in Norfolk provided on the draft proposal and the patterns of merit identified in our July 2008 report.
These workbooks were published on 29 October 2008 to clarify the latest position with Norfolk County Council.
These Excel workbooks reflect a correction of the allocation of additional costs between non-staff and staff costs. Also contained in these workbooks is a new appendix (Item 2 H.4) which shows the impact on the original workbooks of setting up a Combined Fire Authority (CFA) for the Unitary County with or without Lowestoft.
On 29 October, Item 4 was amended in these workbooks to remove a rounding difference.
Pattern A Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft (PDF) - original
Pattern A Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft (PDF) - amended 29/10/2008
Pattern B Greater Norwich (PDF) [note: the workbook within this file, along with Items 2, 9, 10 and 11 were replaced on 22 October 2008 with updated documents which reflect the effects of a combined fire authority. The original workbook showed the effect of a separate fire authority for the Greater Norwich area. Following agreement, this workbook has been updated to reflect the impact of a combined fire authority for the county.]
Note: Finance officers from Broadland District Council, Breckland District Council, South Norfolk District Council, North Norfolk District Council and the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk have certified that the base financial data relating to their respective authority has been properly incorporated into the workbook published above. They have not certified that figures affecting their respective authority in any calculation for the transitional plan are not unreasonable.