Suffolk County Council’s element of tax bills this year will see the biggest percentage rise since the notorious 18.5pc hike in 2003.
There is no sign of an end to years of council austerity – and no indication of when authorities might be able to ease up on the quest for more cuts.
A day of celebration recognised almost 200 staff and volunteers from the region’s ambulance service.
Households across Suffolk could face a rise of at least five per cent in their tax bills next year after the county council announced its budget plans.
Suffolk is preparing to increase its element of council tax bills by nearly five per cent from April as the authority continues to wrestle with the effects of austerity.
Suffolk County Council’s new chief executive is expected to be introduced at the authority’s meeting next week.
Cabinet members at Suffolk County Council are to get above-inflation rises in their allowances after members of the authority backed a new payment scheme.
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