Attleborough Town Council raises precept by 39 per cent

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Band ‘D’ taxpayers in Attleborough will have to pay an extra £28.52 to the council after it raised its precept by 39 per cent.

The rise, equivilent to 55 pence per week, will see Attleborough Town Council’s precept — their portion of the tax bill — rise to £392,821 for 2016/17, rising from £280,995 for 2015/16.

The council said the increase would be implemented to make up a shortfall in recent years.

Other factors included a reduction in the support grant from Breckland Council of 27 per cent, while the town council has also agreed to take on an additional member of staff and an apprentice in the Spring.

“The main reason for this increase is that the council’s budget has not been in line with its’ precept request for several years,” said clerk to the council Gina Lopes.

“The variance was reported to members shortly after my appointment last year and this year members have agreed to address this issue and make the necessary increase.”

Elsewhere, Breckland Council, who charge one of the lowest council tax rates in the country, have announced a rise of 2 per cent in their draft budget.

The budget is set to go to a wider consultation, before going before full council in February 2016.

Last year the authority froze council tax for 2015/16.