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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Nottinghamshire Fire council tax to increase by the maximum 1.95%

'He said the increase for most people was ‘about the price of a jar of jam from Lidl’.

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Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has agreed to increase its part of the council tax by the maximum amount possible.

It will mean people in Band D properties pay £81.36 a year, up £1.56 from £79.80.

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For Band A properties, the fire service part of the bill will go up by £1.04, from £53.20 to £54.24.

Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority today unanimously approved the changes, which will come into effect from April.

The majority of your council tax bill is kept by the council itself, but smaller parts are made up by the fire service and police force.

Councillors on the fire authority were today told that failing to increase the council tax level would likely mean reserves would have to be used to balance the budget.

Councillor John Clarke is the chairman of the committee which took the decision.

He is also the leader of Gedling Borough Council and represents the Netherfield ward for Labour.

He said the increase for most people was ‘about the price of a jar of jam from Lidl’.

He said: “People will say ‘oh my council tax is going up’, but in comparison, with the number of people we’ve got to look after I think it’s a sensible way forward.”

County councillor Andrew Brown represents Leake and Ruddington for the Conservatives, and said: “We’ve said for years now we would not support the further use of reserves because you never know what’s going to happen.”

A spokeswoman for the service said: “The Finance and Resources Committee has today recommended that a decision is made between a council tax freeze and an increase, up to the maximum of 1.95 per cent for the year 2020/2021.

“The final decision will be agreed by the fire authority on 28 February 2020.”

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