Council tax precept freeze for north Norfolk due to council’s ‘good, solid financial position’

Sheila Oxtoby, chief executive of North Norfolk District Council.

Sheila Oxtoby, chief executive of North Norfolk District Council. - Credit: Archant

North Norfolk District Council looks set to freeze its council tax precept after announcing its 'good, solid financial position'.

Chief executive Sheila Oxtoby spoke at a Cromer Town Council meeting last night where she said next year's budget had already been balanced.

She said there would be no rise in council tax, but added there would still be savings to make.

'Whatever government is in power, the grant reductions we are assuming mean we have to find money ourselves,' said Mrs Oxtoby.

'We are planning for that and have a five-year programme.'

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Mrs Oxtoby said the district council had let a floor out in its Cromer offices, bringing in a rental income of £70,000.

Norfolk County Council rejected a motion to increase its council tax by 2pc next year.

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But, George Nobbs, leader of the county council, said it was a 'very silly' motion and a tax rise could still be on the table when the budget for 2015/16 is set in February.

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