Council tax freeze in Norwich

Council tax in Norwich is set to be frozen for the coming financial year as City Hall leaders prepare to raid their reserves to protect frontline services.

The City Hall cabinet has voted to recommend a budget to full council that keeps council tax at current levels.

The freeze would set council tax at �225.87 for band D properties.

The council needs to make savings of �1.85m and would do so by using �1m from council reserves and saving a further �850,000 by holding back spending and not filling staff vacancies, rather than by cutting services.

Alan Waters, cabinet member for resources, performance and shared services, said: 'The budget reductions have been created by a recession and the coalition government's strategy of reducing the public sector deficit.'