District councils approve tax rise

COUNCIL tax is set to rise in North Herts.

North Herts District Council has approved plans to raise its share of the tax by 1.9 per cent, which is equivalent to a £3.74 per year increase for an average Band D property.

As reported in the Crow earlier this month, the council’s cabinet recommended the increase to counter a cut in central government funding.

Cllr Lynda Needham, leader of the district council, said: “At a time of ongoing financial uncertainty for so many people, we faced an incredibly tough choice as to whether to freeze council tax for a third consecutive year.

“Our forecasts indicate that this 1.9 per cent increase will help us greatly in delivering the services most valued by residents, and we will make every effort to continue doing that in the most cost effective way possible.”

South Cambridgeshire District Council has also approved a 4.3 per cent increase. This will mean the bill of an average Band D property goes up by £5 per year.