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People to be asked for views on possible Norwich council tax bill increase

18:50 08 October 2014

Council tax bills in Norwich could go up again next year as City Hall leaders look to plug a £1.6m funding gap. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Council tax bills in Norwich could go up again next year as City Hall leaders look to plug a £1.6m funding gap. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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People in Norwich are to be asked whether they would be prepared to pay an extra seven pence council tax each week to protect services from the axe.

Norwich City Council’s controlling Labour cabinet tonight heard how the combined effects of government funding cuts, inflation and other budgetary pressures means a £1.6m funding gap has grown.

Council officers say savings can be found by generating more income and continuing to change the way the council works.

But councillors have also agreed to consult the public on whether householders would accept a 1.95pc increase on the city council’s share of the council tax.

Leader Brenda Arthur said: “We are having to consult on the council tax issue. If people say they wanted us not to look at council tax, that is another £150,000 we would have to find.”

Gail Harris, cabinet member for customer services, said: “The consultation is taken seriously by us all and we will see what people are saying.”

A number of proposals to save money are not being discussed publicly because they are commercially sensitive or affect people’s jobs.

Consultation will be carried out between October 13 and January 6 next year. The council will then draw up its budget to be agreed in February next year.

Last February, the city council agreed to a 1.95pc increase in its share of the council tax.

Council tax bills are split between city or district councils, the county and the police.

• Would you be happy to pay more in council tax? Tell us your views by writing, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

17 comments

  • The increase will go straight into the pension fund.

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    turnover

    Friday, October 10, 2014

  • City Hall saw fit to increase cllrs. remunerations by 11% and they are spending money on big carparks, so why should we pay for this when people's wages can't keep up with price rises energy increases and and and? Unsustainable? then cut down your wish list cllrs. screaming for more money is lazy.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

  • Why do you need to put in a brand new kitchen & bathroom into a house for a new tenant. Everyone else in private houses makes do.

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    Andy T

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

  • @Peter Watson. Credit to the poor workers who pay taxes and live in smaller houses for continuing to pay to let those less fortunate live in bigger houses....

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    Andy T

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

  • I would like a consultation on their whole budget.

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    Parsnip

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

  • Get rid of at least half the useless councillors and cut the salaries of the "ossifers" by 50%. Job done, although getting rid of the self indulgent mayor's parade and gay pride march and other such cringingly over the top wastes of dosh seems an alluring idea

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    alecto

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

  • I agree with Albert, cancel firework displays and Lord Mayors Parade, Stop wasting money on pointless roads programme's in the City, get rid of some of the dead wood, but at the end of the day, they will take no notice of public opinion and put them up anyway.

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

  • Dear Norwich City council, please may I pay more tax which will allow you to pay for the consultancy work and allow you to just do as you want. Kind regards. A. Mug.

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    Marigold

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • As Max Headroom says, as long as NCC continues to subsidise WorstBus profits with our CT, then the answer is NO

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    marty r

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • Stop spending all money on so called changes to road layouts in Norwich on what is seeming a yearly event. Reduce the Salaries of NCC Execs. Fill empty Council FlatsHouses much quicker, stop spending Money on Different coloured Bins for normal waste, recycling waste, then spend more money on oh yet more different bins. Seems NCC wastes money, they do so cause it is not them who suffer the increases of Council Tax, do they think jobs are less, less hrs for those that do exist. Of course they do, but simply they do not give a Doobie Duck. Rhymes with (Censored)

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    che bramley

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • The Labour council deserves great credit for preventing Norwich's poorest from paying the Con-Dem Poll Tax Mark 2.Other councils are spending a fortune trying to get blood out of stones.Credit too for not evicting tenants caught in the trap of the vicious bedroom tax but without a smaller property to move into.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • I am sorry, but there seems something amiss here... if they do no consultation they have to find an extra 150K, but if they do have a consultation it costs nothing. I live in a country where as soon as the word "consultation" comes up, you know something is going to cost, sometimes only a few hundred thousand or if nationally tens of millions, and the result is nothing changes. Must be great to live in a country where consultations result in lower taxes..

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    canuk

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • Go take a hike.Conservative councils freeze CT. get rid of Lord Mayors Parade,Gay Pride March and scale down refurbishment of Socialist HQ for a start.While your at it all those living in council houses pay up Damn cheek

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    PaulH

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • Cancel Firework Displays Lord Mayor Parade and the like NO its manor for the "workers"

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • A funding gap of £1.6 million? Yet they can spend £1.5 million on modifying the roads in the city! A different budget of course ! It's always very easy to spend other peoples money when you can extract it from them legally under the guise of council tax,most of it goes into their pension fund of course,so as a pensioner ,I am subsidising their pensions through my council tax! Gives you a nice warm glow inside,doesn't it!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • Socialists know about tax & spend its their credo

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • People might be inclinde to pay more if the council didn't keep wasting money putting profits into the bus companies hands by making life impossible for motorists and also trying to close perfectly useable roads for no apparrent reason.

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    Max Headroom

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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