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West Norfolk Council chiefs back tax support increase plan

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West Norfolk Council is set to increase its support for people on low incomes who struggle to afford their council tax.

But the authority will still be among the least generous councils in Norfolk for those outside “protected groups”.

Conservative cabinet member for corporate services Brian Long said: “These are special times and I do think that this revision is a good and proper one.”

King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (49703902)
King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (49703902)

The council currently offers a maximum discount of 75 per cent – except for those in protected groups such as people with young children, who receive up to 100 per cent support.

The 75 per cent figure compares with 83 per cent in Broadland, 85 per cent in South Norfolk, 91.5 per cent in Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and Breckland, and 100 per cent in Norwich.

West Norfolk and Broadland are both set to increase to 84 per cent in the new financial year, while South Norfolk plans to decrease to 84 per cent.

The other councils will remain the same.

Mr Long said the variance between councils had an important caveat – that each council had a different demographic, and therefore a different number of people in protected groups.

Cabinet approved the proposal, which now needs approval from the whole council, at a meeting on Tuesday.

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