Council tax for people living in Norwich is set to go up, after city councillors agreed a 1.95pc increase in its share of the bills.

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The full council tonight agreed the hike, proposed by the controlling Labour group at City Hall, after a two-and-a-half hour long meeting.

The council agreed the increase, along with cuts and savings of £3.3m, as part of a £19.3m budget for 2014/15.

The increase will see those living in a Band B home in the city paying an extra £3.49 a year (an increase from £179.10 a year to £182.59) to the city council.

Those living in a Band D home will pay £230.27, a £4.49 increase.

The increase will net the authority an extra £150,000.

Deputy leader Alan Waters said the budget was “about a careful use of resources” and that reserves would be used to “smooth” cuts of £10m over the next five years.

Green councillor Denise Carlo questioned the inclusion of £9.7m on a “strategic asset investment” which is not in the public domain, but Mr Waters said the details had to remain confidential.

Among the cuts, savings and ways to save money are a “gradual increase” in cemetery fees and charges for allotments, charging for replacing wheelie bins, buying private businesses to generate money and finding ways to bring in more money at St Andrew’s Hall and the Norman Centre.

The opposition Green Party put forward an amendment to the budget, which was lost.

It included putting £47,500 into the budget to reinstate tree planting outside conservation areas by reducing the grass cutting budget.

It also included axing proposals to spend £7m on a new car park at Rose Lane and a £25,000 grant for a general advice service, with Green councillor Lucy Galvin criticising the council for changing the way it funds the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

The Liberal Democrats also tabled an amendment which would have seen a council tax freeze and reductions to councillor allowances, which was also defeated.

Lib Dem leader James Wright said: “In my opinion, council tax remains an unfair and regressive tax, so even minor increases should not be considered if they can be avoided.”

Council tax bills for people in Norwich are split between the city council, the county council and the police. Norfolk County Council agreed to freeze its share when it set its budget on Monday, while Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett wants to increase the police precept by 1.97pc.

Broadland District Council will meet on Thursday and is likely to freeze its share of the council tax, while South Norfolk Council is also planning a freeze.

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

10 comments

  • The decision by the city council not to implement the government's Poll Tax MarkII,which would have forced the poorest to try and find money from under a stone somewhere.Other authorities across the country who did not take the sensible one the city council did,are now being faced with arrears which are relatively small but which cost a fortune to collect,if they are collectable at all.The city council have done the city a great favour in this respect and deserve credit for learning one of the many painful lessons of Poll Tax MarkI,saved an awful lot of stres on claimants and ultimately saved the council tax payer too.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Following on PaulH's comment. It wont be long before this ridiculous Council is two years behind in collecting services charges and council tax. Disgraceful they put up charges for those who are honest and pay their dues while they ignore the outstanding debt of millions Do you jobs like to are supposed to do you lazy articles

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    alecto

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Good for the City Council for agreeing to increase council taxes to help fund public services that are being slashed by the ConDem Government. If Central Govt properly funded local authorities this would not be needed but they have squeezed LAs more than any other public service. It is ironic that councils are more democratically accountable than any other public service but EDP readers continually whinge about them. How many of you lobby or meet your local councillor. How many even bother to vote....under 30% at the last local elections in Norfolk. We have more impact on what happens at City Hall than we do at Westminster, most of just can't be bothered to use that influence.

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    Jonny

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • that little increase should top up the pension plan just nicely!!!

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    patrick

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • A few years back I had trouble with Norwich City council and after a number of complaints decided to involve the Local Councillor as I wanted to solve this problem without resorting to the Legal side. The Councillor told us that she was disgusted by the treatment I had, from NCC and she would sort this out (Even took photos). Weeks went by and nothing the Councillor even refused to take my calls. So it is no wonder that no one trust anything, concerning NCC or Councillors.

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    turnover

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Labour ,you voted for them.By the way,what percentage of people living in Council house properties pay no tax in Norwich.Discuss.

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    PaulH

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Under the Socilalist Government we had Council Tax increases year on year,to the record levels they now stand at ,and yes our Socialict Council follows the lead of their parliamentary friends

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • what a weak opposition to allow this hike throuigh. A 7 million priority spending for a replacement car park which brings in revenues for City Hall, speaks volumes, they could be spending that on services or new housing. Labours stranglehold on Norwich is not being challeneged and their 30 year reign has left them bereft of ideas.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • £7 Million on another replacement Carpark. Wouldn't the Land be better for Social Housing. The Council blags on about needing new homes and this is an ideal site. It also says it needs to reduce pollution caused by cars and make roads more friendly for Public Transport links. Clearly they dream ideas up and suffer from Amnesia in a matter of months. Labour fit to control this Council? Hell no !

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    che bramley

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Why are all council houses, regardless of size, in band A ?.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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