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Pickles reveals biggest Council Tax rises

Eric Pickles department reveals council tax rise Credit: PA

Norfolk's Beckland Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are among councils imposing the highest Council Tax rises for 2013/14 in percentage terms, the Department for Communities and Local Government has announced.

Councils imposing the highest rises for 2013/14 in percentage terms are Conservative-held Breckland in Norfolk (7.6%), while fourth highest is in South Cambridgeshire (4.3%).

But the largest bills to be landing on Band D doorsteps will be in Rutland (£1,701) and Central Bedfordshire (£1,652).

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Essex freezes council tax for the third year

Essex County Council is to freeze its council tax for the third successive year. It means an average Band D property will be paying £1,086.75 per year.

The council also announced it's to spend £180 million on the county's roads over the next four years.

Under today’s budget agreement the Council will also:

  • Launch a Local Authority Mortgage Scheme to help first-time buyers get onto the property ladder
  • Spend £18 million on nearly 1,000 additional school places
  • Spent £2 million on providing accommodation for vulnerable people
  • Investing £7.7 million in improving broadband capacity

The budget also outlines the authority will make £55 million savings and efficiencies during 2013/2014. It will also ask the Boundary Commission to look at the authority to see if any additional savings can be made by reviewing the size of the council.