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People in Norwich could see council tax bills rise by nearly £100

PUBLISHED: 07:12 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:42 30 January 2018

A council tax bill. Picture: Denise Bradley

A council tax bill. Picture: Denise Bradley

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People in Norwich could have to pay almost £100 more in council tax in the year ahead, with Norfolk County Council looking at a hike of nearly 6pc and City Hall mulling over whether to increase its share by just shy of 3pc.

Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council. Pic: Jeff Taylor.Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council. Pic: Jeff Taylor.

If both councils agree those increases, it would add just over £82 to the bill for somebody living in a Band D property in the city.

And the final bill is likely to be even higher, with Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner considering adding up to £12 to the policing share.

In December, the government eased the cap which limited how much could be levied without triggering a referendum.

Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan has already signalled he will consider a 5.99pc increase in the share for County Hall.

That would generate nearly £4m and could be used to stave off proposed cuts to bus subsidies and gritting.

At a meeting today, the council’s policy and resources committee is likely to recommend that increase be taken forward for next month’s budget.

Next month will also see Norwich City Council set its share. And, having consulted over a 2.05pc increase on a Band D home, the relaxation of the government cap means the authority is now looking at a 2.99pc increase.

Alan Waters, leader of the Labour-controlled council, said that would generate an extra £87,000.

He said: “The cabinet will have to carefully consider whether it wishes to consider this additional increase as part of the council’s budget in February.

“We will have to be mindful of the results of the consultation and the pressures on our general fund budget in the face of year after year of cuts from central government.”

He said an increase would also add to the council’s tax base for forthcoming years, which could help the authority to fend off needing to make cuts to services.

Police and crime commissioner Lorne Green had consulted on a range of options for the policing element of the council tax.

That included no increase, an increase of just under 2pc, a 4.5pc increase, which would add an extra 19p a week and generate £2.8m, balancing the police budget, or a 6pc increase, which would bring in £3.6m.

He had also asked if people would be prepared to accept a 12pc increase, although that would require a referendum.

Mr Green will take his budget proposals to the Norfolk police and crime panel next month.

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