How much extra council tax will you pay in Norfolk following 4% rise?
- Credit: SIMON FINLAY
People will find themselves paying about 88p more a week for public services after Norfolk County councillors raised council tax by 4pc today.
It was the first increase in the County Hall's element of council tax for five years.
The council said it needed to increase the tax to head off cuts to services, with the government giving councils the opportunity to charge a 2pc precept specifically to raise money for adult social care.
With the government not offering a grant to authorities which freeze their council tax this year and public consultation showing people were prepared to stomach a rise to save services, Dan Roper, deputy leader of the council, said the time was right. He said: 'Increasing council tax is absolutely necessary and it is the right thing to do.'
The increase will mean the following annual increases:
•Band A: From £763.38 to £793.86
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•Band B: From £890.61 to £926.17
•Band C: From £1,017.84 to £1,058.48
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•Band D: From £1,145.07 to £1,190.79
•Band E: From £1,399.53 to £1,455.41
•Band F: From £1,653.99 to £1,720.03
•Band G: From £1,908.45 to £1,984/65
•Band H: From £2,290.14 to £2,381.58
Council tax bills are made up of shares which go to Norfolk County Council, Norfolk police and various district, town and parish councils. Police and crime commissioner Stephen Bett is to increase the share which goes to the force by 1.98pc, after his proposal for a freeze was rejected by the county's police and crime panel,
That will add about £4.14 a year to the police share of the council tax bill for a Band D property, taking it to £212.94.
District councils will be setting their council tax in the days ahead. Norwich City Council will tomorrow discuss a proposed 1.95pc increase.