Tax increase on the table

A 1.98 per cent rise in council tax for Northumberland has been proposed.

The authority’s policy board has voted to recommend the increase as part of the 2014/15 budget to a meeting of the full council on Tuesday.

The report it discussed also outlines how the council will make the required £32.5million in savings if the proposals are approved.

Conservative Leader Peter Jackson and Liberal Democrat Leader Jeff Reid voted against the recommendations. They believe the authority can accept the council tax freeze grant because the funding from Government situation is not as bad as was suggested a couple of months ago.