City predicts tight budget

January 23, 2007 10:00 AM

The Local Government Association has today released a report into projected Council Tax rises across the country.

Leader of Cambridge City Council, Ian Nimmo-Smith, responded:

"As the LGA report has shown, Government funding is not keeping pace with many of the demands placed on local authorities. Here in Cambridge we have one of the lowest Council Tax levels of over 200 district councils. The City Council's currently projected 4.5% Council Tax rise would work out as a rise of just £6.41 per year for a Band D property.

Ian Nimmo-Smith

Councillor Ian Nimmo-Smith

"The huge extra cost of the concessionary fares scheme means that the City Council has to continue to dig deep into its reserves to pay for the cross-border scheme due to inadequate and unfair Government funding. We're faced with the task of delivering 12,500 new homes in the urban fringes while working to reduce Cambridge's contribution to climate change and all within a 4.5% Council Tax rise."

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