Council tax increase in Northamptonshire moves a step closer to approval

County Hall
County Hall

Northamptonshire County Council’s proposal to increase council tax by two per cent has taken a step closer to being ratified.

The authority wants to increase its proportion of the council tax bill by 1.99 per cent in 2014-15, which it says will cost the average household 39p a week.

At a meeting at County Hall yesterday, the ruling cabinet voted to put the plan before full council for approval.

The authority has to make cuts of a further £126.2 million over the next five years, while receiving ever-reducing grants from central Government.

Since the budget was outlined in December, the council says it has a “marginally better” final settlement, and an improved tax base figure, meaning it has seen an increase in funding of £5.2 million.

It has also been able to save some money in other areas - including scrapping a plan to charge people to use recycling centres.

Councillor Bill Parker (Con, Clover Hill), cabinet member for finance, said: “We have reduced the amount of money we need to reduce from contract savings, from £8.5 million to £6.5 million.

“We have also made the decision, which comes back to concerns from members of the public, to not charge for waste recycling. That has been taken out of the proposals.”

The ruling Conservative group will now look to pass the budget at the next meeting of full council later this month.