Derbyshire council tax to rise

Coun Anne Western.
Coun Anne Western.

Derbyshire County Council is proposing to increase council tax by 1.99 per cent to help fill a budget shortfall of £157m by 2018.

The council’s cabinet will meet on Tuesday to set the annual budget for 2014/15 and will be asked to generate £5m by approving the tax rise.

It follows a public consultation carried out across Derbyshire last year asking residents whether they would prefer the county council to freeze council tax at the current rate or raise it between 1 per cent up to 5 per cent.

Of the 2,814 responses, 58 per cent said they would support an increase of 2 per cent or more.

Council leader Anne Western said: “Freezing council tax this year will only make next year more painful because we’ve got to make cuts every year for the next five years.

“We’ve got some difficult decisions to make and sadly that’s going to affect services that we provide – services that local people rely on.”