Council Tax could increase

Suffolk County Council's Endeavour House building
Suffolk County Council's Endeavour House building
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Suffolk residents could be in line for a Council Tax increase - despite a pledge to freeze it for the next two years.

Suffolk County Council said Council Tax would remain at its current level until 2018 but last week’s Autumn Statement could be a game changer.

Chancellor George Osborne is offering councils the chance to raise a two per cent precept, ring-fenced for adult social care, which Suffolk is considering.

Cllr Colin Noble, leader of the council, said: “What we have to do is sit down and look at the all figure, as, for example, the new National Living Wage will see £6 million of additional costs for the county council next year.”

Norfolk County Council is seeking views on the new precept as part of a public budget consultation due to end on January 14, while Thetford Town Council has already agreed an increase of 6.75 per cent and Breckland District Council approved a draft budget for consultation on Tuesday.

Bury St Edmunds Town Council will decide its precept on December 16 and St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath and Mid Suffolk District Councils will discuss their council tax proposals in the New Year.