People in Norwich will have to pay about a penny a day more into City Hall’s coffers, after councillors agreed to a 1.95pc increase in council tax.

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But leaders at Norwich City Council said the increase in its share of the bill from April was necessary to protect key services, such as waste collections, street cleaning and looking after parks and open spaces.

For the third year in a row, the government had offered authorities a grant in return for not increasing council tax. Leaders at City Hall took the grant in the last two years, but said they cannot afford to do so again.

They say a consultation carried out last year showed 57.4pc of people who responded supported an increase in council tax, with the most favoured use of the cash raised to protect key council services.

The city council agreed the council tax increase as part of its 2013/14 budget, which includes making about £2.5m worth of savings, at a meeting at City Hall tonight.

The city council’s 1.95pc increase would mean, from April, somebody living in a Band D property in Norwich would have to pay £230.27 into City Hall’s coffers, an increase of £4.40 on the current level.

See tomorrow’s paper for the full story.

7 comments

  • MCI. most people, including myself have no more notches on their belt left to tighten to pay for this gold plated pension pot filler. The smoke and mirror thingy thrown out to the sheeple by the nuLabour hochos, hyping protecting key council services and faked consultations is biggest load of bollox I've read for a long while. The revolution will not be televised.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • A rise in council tax only affects those who actually pay it. It will have no impact whatsoever on the tens of thousands of benefit lifestyle residents of the city who are in receipt of council tax benefit. The very people I might add who are the main beneficiaries of council services.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Labour Council raises taxes, is that news? Why not decapitate and remove the Chief Exec? - That is £200k saved pa, year on year. - Why not an across the board 15% wage cut? - All Council staff on a Money Purchase pension - No temporary workers - No discretionary overtime - Reduce Cllr allowances - No trade union reps paid for by taxpayer - No jobs with Diversity, Compliance, European, Political or Climate Change in the title Taxpayers first, always ..

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    J Smith

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • my dear internet stalker, the gold plated pension pot is no council myth, my proof is the outgoing and failed David White,minted up to his eyeballs via the backs of the hardworking taxpayer...he is one of many, bleeding the hardworking taxpayer dry for next 40 years or so.The revolution thingy will not be televised.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Gosh, what a wicked bunch. Good to see EDP hack working late into the night to report this dastardly deed. Get bashing you worried Norwich tax payers! How many articles have you seen lately about Norwich council tax? Count yourselves lucky - a mind-boggling 7.8 per cent elsewhere in Norfolk passed by with barely a mention. Expect a special "thank you" from Mrs P in due course.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • 25% of all local council tax funds the early retirement of the gold plated pension pots of the likes of the incapable outgoing David White. Revolution is the only solution and it will not be televised.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Go to bed Norton and stop boring the world rigid with your gold plated pension myth thingy. A penny a day more ? Will hardly impact on your daily alcohol consumption.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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