Norfolk County Council denies budget vote claim

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Norfolk County Council officials have dismissed claims the authority acted illegally in approving its budget for the forthcoming financial year last week.

Members overwhelmingly backed the proposed financial settlement last Monday.

But, over the weekend, claims were made to the Lynn News that the council had failed to record its vote as required under local government regulations.

However, the council dismissed the claim after draft minutes of the meeting were published on Monday.

A spokesman said: “In accordance with the law the way each councillor voted at last week’s budget meeting is recorded in the minutes, which were published earlier today. There is absolutely no reason for a further meeting.”

A recorded vote was taken when West Norfolk Council approved its budget proposals on Thursday.