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20 February 2013, 10:44
Council tax in Norwich is to rise by 1.95 per cent from April.
The City Council says it is doing it to protect its key services amid continuing cutbacks in government support.
The majority of people living in Norwich (89 per cent of households are in Band A, B and C) will see the city council part of their annual council tax bill increase by around one penny per day in 2013-14.
Norwich City Council’s precept represents 15 per cent of the overall bill, with 73 per cent going to Norfolk County Council and 12 per cent going to the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk.
City councillors agreed the move at a meeting on Tuesday 19 November and set the authority’s budget for 2013-14 at £20.6 million.
Councillor Alan Waters, deputy council leader and portfolio holder for resources, said: "We know money is tight for people in the city and it is with reluctance that we have introduced the first council tax rise for three years.
"However, by absorbing the cost of running a local council tax reduction scheme, we have saved around 19,000 households in the city from a council tax hike.
"The reality is that with a reduction in the money we receive from central government our priority has to be protecting the key services our residents depend on."
The city council element of overall council tax for 2013-14 will be:
Band A: £153.51
Band B: £179.10
Band C: £204.68
Band D: £230.27