Council tax bills in Ipswich will rise by a total of 4.6% in April after the borough approved its element of the rise on Wednesday evening.

That will put £77 a year on a Band B property, bringing the total bill up to £1,753.

Although the borough collects the council tax, by far the largest share goes to Suffolk County Council and a further slice goes to the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The borough's element of the bill goes up from £308 to £317, a rise of £9 a year.

The council said the government's support for the council has been cut by £12m a year since 2010-11, which equates to 45% of this year's budget.

During the debate there were warnings that while the council was able to cope with this year's constraints there could be problems in the future.

One of the key ways the council is balancing its budgets is with more than £3m a year from its property company Ipswich Borough Assests.

Councillor Neil MacDonald, Ipswich Borough Council leader, said: “The Council continues to take prompt action to achieve a better, sustainable financial position by setting a good and balanced budget, and further progress against savings targets is expected to be reported later in the year.”