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City leaders put forward 2pc rise in council tax to protect services

PUBLISHED: 13:44 22 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:45 22 October 2016

Alan Waters says the council wants to hear from the public about how they can strengthen the city. Pic: Jeff Taylor.

Alan Waters says the council wants to hear from the public about how they can strengthen the city. Pic: Jeff Taylor.

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People in Norwich could be set for a 2.05pc increase on the share of their council tax which goes to City Hall.

If the rise which Labour-led Norwich City Council is proposing goes ahead, it would mean people in the city would pay around £5 per year more - just under 10p extra a week for a Band D property.

The council is having to look at saving £2.3m a year from now until 2020 and the council tax increase would generate about £160,000 more for the authority.

And leaders say the rise is necessary to help to protect key services, while they are also looking at ways of encouraging communities to do more to help themselves.

Councillor Alan Waters, leader of the council, said: “In uncertain times, we are working to deliver a budget that will enable us to prioritise the things people value and the consultation will help us do that.

“We also want to hear from people about how much they would like to be involved in making improvements in their local areas in order to help strengthen the city.”

When the current City Hall budget was set in February, councillors agreed a 1.95pc increase in the city council’s share of the council tax.

In Norwich, council tax bills are split between the city council, the county council and the police and crime commissioner.

After years of council tax freezes, Norfolk County Council this year increased its share by 3.99pc and the police and crime commissioner share went up by 1.98pc.

Collectively, that added more than £50 a year to bills for people living in a Band D property in the city - the biggest increase for years.

The city council will set its
2017/18 budget in February and a public consultation has just been launched.

It will be open until Sunday, January 8, with people able to have their say by visiting www.norwich.gov.uk/budget or by picking up a paper copy from the customer centre at City Hall.

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