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Council tax set to rise again in 2018

PUBLISHED: 18:39 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:39 19 December 2017

Cliff Jordan, leader of Norfolk County Council. Pic: Submitted

Cliff Jordan, leader of Norfolk County Council. Pic: Submitted

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Council tax payers could see their bill climb further in April after the government eased the cap on rises.

Until now councils have been unable to put up council tax bills by more than 2pc – although this year they can apply an extra 3pc to cover social care.

Now the 2pc limit has been increased to 3pc – meaning county councils like Norfolk could put up their element of bills by 6pc.

The change was announced by local government secretary Sajid Javid as he announced the government’s settlement for local councils in parliament.

Cliff Jordan, leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “Clearly the government has given us another option by putting the 1pc council tax rise on the table but this is something that members would need to carefully consider next year.”

A consultation over a £125m funding gap that could impact bus subsidies, gritting, road maintenance and children’s centres is ongoing.

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