Call for council tax referendum

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Council tax should be increased to protect Sheffield’s public services from closure, according to opposition councillors.

The city’s Green Party has called for Labour leaders to impose a rise of 48p per week on most households to safeguard libraries, children’s centres and community centres.

They want a referendum on council tax to be held ahead of the setting of the budget for 2014/2015.

Sheffield Green Party spokesperson Brian Webster said: “We accept that the council can’t sustain all services in the face of the current cuts. But some people tell us they’re prepared to pay more to protect key services from cuts and closure.

“We believe residents have the right to choose whether they’re willing to pay a bit more.”