Council recommends increase in council tax

Nottinghamshire county councillors recommended a 1.99 per cent increase in council tax - an extra 38p per week on the average bill.

The council’s finance and property committee recommended the increase, which will raise more than £15m over the next three years, to put towards the savings it needs to make to balance its books by 2017/18.

Cllr David Kirkham, chairman of the finance and property committee, said: “When we began work on budgeting for the next three years, it soon became clear we were going to be left with no choice other than to increase council tax.

“The extra £15m will go directly towards saving some of the vital frontline services and jobs which would have been lost.”

Nottinghamshire County Council will set its budget at the full council meeting on February 27.