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What do you think of paying an extra 10p a week on council tax to Norwich City Council?

Photo: Nick Butcher.

Photo: Nick Butcher.

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People in Norwich have been reminded they have just over a week to have their say over a possible 2.05pc increase in council tax which goes to City Hall.

If the rise that 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 looking at saving £2.3m a year from now until 2020 and the council tax increase would generate about £160,000 more.

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.

Alan Waters, council leader, 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.”

The consultation, here, runs until Sunday, January 8.

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

Norfolk County Council has been budgeting for a 3.8pc increase in its share, although that could increase further if councillors decide to add an extra 1pc the government has signalled can be used to raise more money specifically for adult social care.

Police and crime commissioner Lorne Green has been seeking views on a possible rise of up to 2pc.

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