Homeowners in Broadland facing council tax increase for the first time in more than five years

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People living in Broadland are facing a council tax increase for the first time in more than five years.

The district council will meet tomorrow evening to discuss a proposed 4.5pc increase in its share of council tax for 2017/18.

Should members approve the new rates, people living in a band D property will pay an additional £5 each year.

It comes as Norfolk County Council last night agreed to hike up its share of council tax by 4.8pc.

While Broadland has managed to freeze rates for a number of years, members were warned back in 2016 that future increases were likely.

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Council papers published ahead of tomorrow's meeting state: 'Although previous budgets have assumed a freeze in council tax levels until 2018/19, there has been a realisation that reducing levels of government funding and rising pressures on council services require a flexible response.

'As an authority with a council tax level in the lowest quartile in the UK, Broadland is allowed to raise its band D council tax level by £5 without breaching the reasonableness guidelines.'

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The new rates will see Broadland council tax increase from £111.15 a year to £116.15.

It will be on top of the county council's share and an increase of just below 2pc for policing.

• Broadland's full council meeting takes place at Thorpe Lodge at 7pm on Thursday, February 23.

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