East Northamptonshire Council has decided to increase its share of Council Tax due to the uncertainty about future Government funding.
At the Budget meeting on 1 March a number of options were discussed to safeguard services in the future. The increase agreed unanimously will be an extra £5 per year for a Band D home, or 10p a week.
The Council takes only around 8p in every pound of the total Council Tax collected, with the rest of the money going to Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner and town and parish councils. Only 8% of what is collected goes to ENC to run the services they are responsible for.
Cllr Steven North, Leader of ENC, said: “We currently have the lowest Council Tax of any council in Northamptonshire, and almost the lowest in the country.
“Investment in our communities is a priority as shown by our £1m commitment to local projects through our Community Facilities Fund.
“We will continue to look for savings but due to uncertainty about future government funding and because we want to continue to invest in our communities, we propose a very small increase, which for a Band D property works out over the year at £5; we think that represents good value for money.”
Meanwhile Kettering Borough Council has frozen council tax for the seventh year in a row.
The freeze was passed by councillors despite calls from Labour to introduce a one per cent increase.
Council tax has been frozen in the borough since 2011/12.
The local authority says it will also put money into maintaining and improving services for residents.