'Police and fire precept freezes are storing up problems for the future'
MOVES by police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove and Humberside Fire Authority to freeze their respective council tax levies have been described as "regrettable" by deputy city council leader Daren Hale.
The council's own tax charge will increase by 1.95 per cent from next month, leaving most households facing an annual bill of £912.70.
The increase ends a three-year freeze in Hull.
Cllr Hale said: "It is regrettable that the police and fire authority have not done the same as us.
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"Anyone who has frozen their council tax is just storing up problems in the future.
"With inflation at 3 per cent, you need to move your base budget forward and you can only really do this by increasing council tax to generate more income.
"If you don't, you are on a fool's errand."
Opposition party proposals to continue the council tax freeze were defeated this week.