Poll: Should Norwich increase council tax rates?

People in Norwich face an increase in the city council's share of council tax. Picture: Denise Bradl

People in Norwich face an increase in the city council's share of council tax. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

People living in Norwich are likely to see the share of council tax which they pay to Norwich City Council increase by 1.95pc from April.

Norwich City Council's controlling Labour cabinet has put forward the increase – which would add between £3.05 to £4.58 extra a year for the majority of city householders – as councillors look to maintain services.

The increase will be recommended to the full council at a meeting of the city council's cabinet tomorrow and will be discussed by the full council at its meeting later this month.

If the 1.95pc increase goes ahead, it would mean the amount somebody in a Band B property would pay the city council would be £186.15 a year, up £3.56 on the current £182.59 a year. Somebody in a Band D property would pay £239.34 a year, up £4.58 on this year's £234.76,

The council is looking to set a budget of just over £17m for 2015/16, with a package of £2.6m of proposed extra income and savings.

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Much of that will be back office savings, but for the public it will mean increased charges for allotments and for cemetery fees, while the council is also looking to generate an extra £150,000 from car parking.

The council is also likely to agree that a minimum level of £4.47m should be kept back in reserves.

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Consultation over the budget took place between October and January, with 239 responses. The council said just over 65pc supported a council tax increase to protect council services.

Norfolk County Council has already indicated that it intends to freeze its share of the council tax.

Police and crime commissioner Stephen Bett has proposed increasing the share which pays for the police force by 2pc.

He said an 'unprecedented' increase in rape, serious sexual offences, domestic violence and child sexual exploitation reports in Norfolk had heaped extra pressures on the force.

What do you think of the potential increase? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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