Norfolk County Council has approved a council tax increase of 5.99 per cent.

The decision was made during a full council meeting today. Councillors backed a £388m  net budget.

It means people living in a band D property will pay an extra £74.79 per year.

The council says it will allow it to invest more money into adults and children’s social care services.

Council leader Cliff Jordan, said: “This budget shows that we are determined to care for the county and to invest in Norfolk’s future.

“We are continuing to care for the most vulnerable people.

“The council is investing £34m in adult social care over the coming year, plus £13m in children’s services.”

Over the next four years (to 2022), the council predicts it must make further savings of £94.7m.

Deputy leader and finance spokesman Alison Thomas, said: “By being prudent, we’ve been able to invest in services for the most vulnerable people, despite the continued reduction of our government grant, rising costs and growing demand for services.

“We have agreed to take the maximum council tax level permitted by the government – 2.99 per cent for general services and three per cent for adult social care – to ease these pressures.”

Read more about the decision in Friday’s paper.