Council tax increases set

HOUSEHOLDERS in Ipswich will see their council tax bills go up by fractionally over four per cent, it will be confirmed over the next 48 hours.

HOUSEHOLDERS in Ipswich will see their council tax bills go up by fractionally over four per cent, it will be confirmed during the next 48 hours.

Suffolk Police Authority has put its element of bills up by 4.68 per cent and today the county council is due to follow suit and puts its element up by 4.5pc.

Tomorrow evening the final amount will be set when Ipswich council sets its increase at 2.22pc.

That will see council tax bills for Band B properties - the largest group in the town - go up to £1,091 a year and for Band D properties, the government's yardstick, go up to £1,403.

The rise will be second lowest this century - only last year, in the run-up to the general election, did the councils come up with a smaller increase.

And Ipswich Council has produced its smallest increase on record - and the lowest increase in Suffolk. However it still represents an overall council tax increase of 70pc since 2000.