South Norfolk District Council looks to offset grant cuts
South Norfolk District Council brought in £1.3 million more in council tax during the first three months of this year than the year before, new figures reveal.
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government data shows South Norfolk council received £26.64 million in council tax between April and June this year.
This was £1.27 million more than the same time last year, a rise of 5 per cent, roughly in line with the England average.
Councils across England took in £9.07 billion through council tax in the three months to June – an increase of more than £486 million on last year.
But a new parliamentary report from the Local Government Select Committee has warned that significant cuts from government funding has left councils with no choice but to cut back on services.
South Norfolk Cabinet member Alison Thomas, said: “Although we will will raise £90m in council tax this year, we will only keep £7m - eight per cent. The majority of the money we raise is sent to the County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and our parishes.
“We no longer receive a revenue grant from central government so to ensure that we can keep all our services running we have to raise revenue from other sources, including our development company Big Sky.”