Council tax to increase

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DAVENTRY District Council is looking at increasing its share of the council tax bill from April.

Although it has not set its budget for 2013/14 or set its tax level yet, on Thursday last week the authority’s strategy group was told a task panel had recommended rejecting the Government’s offer of a freeze on council tax.

Instead it recommended a two per cent increase – equivalent to £2.41 extra per year on a Band D home.

DDC has frozen its tax demands for the past two years, and received Government grants to alleviate the difference, but now it says continuing to freeze it will lead to shortfalls in future years which it cannot recover.

The rest of the council tax bill, the majority of the charge households face, goes to the police, Northamptonshire County Council, and parishes who have not yet indicated whether they are looking at increases.