People in Norwich hit with council tax rise after increase agreed

Aerial view of Norwich City Hall.

Norwich City Council element of the council tax will rise by 1.99pc for 2022/23 - Credit: Mike Page

People in Norwich will be hit with another council tax rise this year after an increase was agreed by City Hall. 

The Labour-controlled Norwich City Council agreed its budget for the forthcoming year at a meeting late on Tuesday night, with leaders saying it will invest £38.9m in upgrading and building new council homes and a further £68.2m into "critical infrastructure".

The share of council tax that goes to the authority is set to increase by 1.99pc - equivalent to £5.47 extra a year for a Band D property. 

This brings the cost for a Band D property to £280.21. 

To balance the books, the council needs to save around £3.2m, of which around £1.4m will have to be permanent savings. A further £2.1m will have to be taken from reserves.

Paul Kendrick, Labour's cabinet member for resources on Norwich City Council. Pic: Archant Library.

Paul Kendrick, Labour's cabinet member for resources on Norwich City Council. Pic: Archant Library. - Credit: Archant

Paul Kendrick, cabinet member for resources warned that £9.9m of further cuts will be needed by 2026/27.

He said: "This is not a budget of cuts in services, it is a budget of investment.

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"Investment in our assets, investment in our services, investment in the people of Norwich."

The Green Party tabled a series of amendments, including £60,000 for a new housing efficiency manager role to tackle retrofitting council homes, £5,000 for gym equipment at Chapelfield Park and offering £100,000 worth of grants to community centres to make energy improvements. 

Green councillor Sandra Bogelein said: "The council will need to retrofit community centres at some point anyway.

"This is a win-win proposal."

Sandra Bogelein said several people had contacted her with problems booking coronavirus tests. Photo

Sandra Bogelein said several people had contacted her with problems booking coronavirus tests. Photo: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Mr Kendrick criticised the amendments for using reserves to fund them, warning money can "only be used once".

All amendments were defeated.

Council bosses also voted to retain a council tax reduction scheme, providing relief of up to 100pc on tax bills for those on the lowest incomes. 

The city council element for 2022/23 will be - Band A £186.81, Band B £217.94, Band C £249.08, Band D £280.21, Band E £342.48, Band F £404.75, Band G £467.02, Band H £560.42 

Norfolk County Council rubber-stamped its 2.99pc increase in the share of council tax bills which go to County Hall on Monday. 

The police and crime commissioner agreed a 3.59 pc increase on the share of bills that goes to Norfolk Constabulary earlier this month. 

Combining those increases, people in Norwich will pay in total in 2022/23 - Band A £1,390.11, Band B £1,621.79, Band C £1,853.48, Band D £2,085.16, Band E £2,548.53, Band F £3,011.90, Band G £3,475.27, Band H £4,170.32.