Broadland District Council tonight (Thursday) agreed to freeze its share of the council tax.

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But officers have warned future hikes are “inevitable”.

And while the council is not planning cuts to services or staff they have had to take money out of reserves to protect them.

Defending these actions Paul Carrick, finance portfolio holder at the council, said it was not “wrong” to use the money in this way.

But council officers have warned that future council tax increases or changes in service delivery will “almost inevitably be required in a few years time”.

Mr Carrick said: “Some may see using reserves in this way as wrong but I cannot see anything wrong with that as it is part of our financial strategy and it is in our plan.

“I do not know what the government has in store but we will have to take it on the chin whatever happens.”

Out of the 2014/15 reserves Broadland District Council plan to use £172,000 and the long term plan will see £4.3m used from reserves between April 2014 and March 2019.

Mr Carrick said: “There is no doubt that the financial climate for local authorities is grim. We are all having to play our part and do things differently. I don’t think that’s come as much of a surprise.

“Believe it or not, this is the fifth year when the budget rate of £111 has been frozen.”

Broadland District Council’s decision to freeze council tax again this year means residents will pay an average of £1,526 per annum (Band D). While the district council’s portion is frozen at £111.15, other precepts, such as some parishes have increased, and Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett is increasing the police precept by 1.97pc.

South Norfolk Council’s cabinet also agreed a council tax freeze, the fifth time in six years, and Norfolk County Council agreed to freeze its share in the tax.

But Norwich City Council is increasing its share by 1.95pc.

The government has said a proposed increased of 2pc or more would have to go to a referendum.

• Do you think Broadland District Council is right to freeze its share of the council tax? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

8 comments

  • Yes, it is right to freeze it, which is why all parties ConLDLab supported the 0%.

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    Nich

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • South Norfolk has actually frozen council tax in six of the last seven years [a reduction of 25pc in real terms] and reserves have also increased during the period.

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    John Fuller

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • If you live in the Broadland district you will find your tax will still increase due to the police etc

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    gerry mitson

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Nich, Sorry but you have just blown your argument below. I agree County was a farce, but that is where I shall leave it. What gets said in these meetings needs to be said in the best possible way and in the light of that a decision should be made. If the decision made was legal then dedicate yourself to working with it and do not comment on the process outside the chamber.

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    George Ezekial

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Councils need reserves;this decision is a political fix to keep people in power. Who knows how big the increase will be after the next General Election? Hard decisions will have to be made then, whoever wins, and they probably won't be taken as the rises would be seen as contributing to inflation. We really needed referenda on increased council tax this year, but no-one seems to be prepared to bite the bullet and ask us. It's too late now.

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    bedoomed

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Keep the wind ups coming John.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • That's the difference between Conservatives and spendy borrowing Labour in Norwich.How many people percentage wise do not pay Council Tax in Norwich? Silence is deafening.

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    PaulH

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I should also add the the meeting held last night was the very opposite of County Council meeting on Monday. As Lib Dems, we didn't grandstand. make a series of speeches for the press, offer no solutions and snipe. The fact the Tories did this on Monday at the County budget meeting whilst offering no solutions or alternatives spoke volumes about the way the tories conduct themselves. Electorstaxpayers deserve better than that, which is why we tried to be constructive whilst accepting that the Tories have a majority on the council and opposing everything for oppositions sake does nothing except bring the name of politicians in to disrepute.

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    Nich

    Friday, February 21, 2014

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