FINANCE: Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust’s financial position improved slightly in January with a surplus of £857,000 for the month reducing the deficit for the year to date to £288,000.

But the financial position is £657,000 worse than its original plan and the trust has identified a number of risks to its plan to deliver a £500,000 surplus at year end - a target which has been reduced from £1m. These include continuing to deliver a surplus for the remainder of the year, gaining extra income and successful commercial negotiations.

A report to the board highlighted that the January figures were boosted by additional income for board development and support for certain services.