WITH households already facing a hefty council tax hike,  West Norfolk Council is the latest authority to increase its share of the bill.

Members voted in favour of a £4 increase for band D properties at a meeting last Thursday as part of its financial plan for the coming year.

Norfolk County Council, which takes a majority of the annual bill, had already increased its share by 4.8 per cent – the biggest hike in a decade.

Norfolk Police and Crime Panel also endorsed a 1.99 per cent increase for the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner at the beginning of last month.

Borough councillors approved the financial plan by 40 members to five at last Thursday’s meeting, held at Lynn Town Hall.

The cost of a range of services including cremation and brown bin composting costs, are set to rise under the plan, but parking charges in the borough have been frozen. Council leader Brian Long told members it was not his ethos to take taxes unless completely necessary, but “times were changing”.

Mr Long said the Government was not providing financial incentives for councils to freeze council tax bills and the revenue support grant it once received was disappearing.

The borough council increased its share of the
bill by 0.8 per cent last year after freezing bills for several years.

Councillor John Collop, leader of the Labour group, criticised the authority for not making smaller increases over the years to avoid this year’s hike.

Parking charges in the borough are to be frozen following an increase last April.

Mr Long said the freeze was in order to help the town centre maintain its high footfall.

The final element in the council tax bill is the parish precept, collected on behalf of each parish.

Turn to public notices in today’s paper to see the precept for your town or parish council.