Council tax hike for Norwich residents to be decided this week

PUBLISHED: 12:52 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:52 19 February 2018

Norwich City Council's City Hall. Councillors will be asked to approve a hike in council tax this week. Picture: Mike Page

Norwich City Council's City Hall. Councillors will be asked to approve a hike in council tax this week. Picture: Mike Page

Mike Page

People in Norwich will discover tomorrow how much their council tax bills will go up by in total.

Norfolk County Council last week agreed a 5.99pc hike on its share of the bill, while Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner Lorne Green is increasing the share which pays for policing by 5.5pc.

And tonight, Labour controlled Norwich City Council is likely to agree a 2.99pc increase in its share of the bills.

Such an increase would mean people in a Band D property would pay an extra £7.45 a year to City Hall.

However, the majority of homes in the city are Band A and B, which would add an extra £4.97 and £5.79 a year, respectively to their bills.

Adding the county council increase (£74.79 for Band D, £49.86 for Band A and £58.17 for Band B) and the police increase (£7.98 for Band A, £9.31 for Band B and £11.97 for Band D) brings the total increase for people living in the city to £94.21 for those in Band D properties, £62.81 for Band A and £73.27 for Band B.

Paul Kendrick, the council’s cabinet member for resources, said at a previous cabinet meeting where the City Hall increase was recommended that officers had done well to prevent cuts to frontline services.

But he warned there could be cuts in future years as local authorities continue to feel the squeeze in funding from central government.

He said: “Since 2013/14, the revenue support grant which we get from the government has fallen from £9m to under £1m in the next financial year and will entirely disappear in the next few years.

“We will still need to find £10m of savings over the next four years, so we will have to make tough decisions in the future.”

On Thursday, Broadland District Council, which covers areas such as Thorpe St Andrew, Sprowston and Spixworth, will be asked to approve a £4.99 rise in council tax for a Band D property.

The decision would allow for an additional £5 rise in the special expense charge for certain parishes the following year.

That would cover the cost of footway lighting after Norfolk County Council refused to continue to pay for them.

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