Hull council plans tax rise after three-year freeze

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People living in Hull are set to face a rise in their council tax bill for the first time in three years.

From April, Hull City Council plans to raise council tax by 1.95% - just below the 2% threshold at which a local referendum must be held.

Last month Communities Secretary Eric Pickles described councils imposing such rises as "democracy dodgers".

The council said government cuts to funding meant it had no choice but to propose the increase.

The increase will bring the authority's portion of council tax for a band D property from £1,096.63 to £1,118.01 a year, a rise of 41p a week.

'Stick in throats'

Leader of the council Stephen Brady said the authority was trying to do its "very best" given that £16m of government funding had been cut.

"Year after year [the government is] cutting back local services and particularly in the north.

"You can only work with the budget that you've got. I'm glad that we're able to make sure that frontline services are kept intact as we can keep them and that's what we intend to do."

Lib Dem Councillor Mike Ross said the tax rise would "stick in the throats of many people across the city".

The council also plans to close some services including Anlaby Park library and three customer service centres, as well as increasing the cost of its meals on wheels scheme. It also intends to carry out a review of its children's centres across the city.

Weekly black bin collections could be changed to fortnightly to help save £1m a year, the council said.

A final decision on the proposals is expected to be made by the council on 28 February.

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