West Norfolk residents can have their say on Norfolk County Council’s tax and budget proposals for next year.

The council is consulting the public from now until December 30 on a proposal for a 2.99 per cent overall rise to its share of council tax, plus savings of £31 million (£24.5 million of them in 2022-23), a spokesman said.

Cabinet member for finance, Andrew Jamieson, said: “I’m keen to hear people’s views on our latest proposals to achieve a balanced budget, to provide effective services for the people of Norfolk.

“Although we face major financial pressures, due to rising demand and uncertainty over funding, I want to avoid raising council tax as far as we’re allowed to – four per cent. That’s why we’re consulting on 2.99 per cent.”

The proposals are for a council tax rise of 1.99 per cent, plus a further one per cent of adult social care precept.

The spokesman added: “The council has a gross spend of £1.5 billion per year, of which 30 per cent goes to adult social services, 22 per cent to schools, 20 per cent to community and environmental services and 15 per cent to children’s social care.”

Cabinet members are due to consider the consultation findings in January and make final recommendations to the full council. 

The full county council meeting will decide the budget and council tax level on February 21.

Take part in the consultation online at www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget