The council will be recommended to put up its precept by just under three per cent in spite of a one-year offer from Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles to make up the equivalent of a 2.5 per cent increase through additional grant for councils that froze the tax. But, in common with Huntingdonshire District Council, the county does not think Mr Pickless offer represents a good deal. Last years offer meant councils continued to receive what HDC described as a bribe for four years, which made the proposal more attractive. Instead, the county council announced this afternoon, it is proposing a total budget of £849million after £43m of further savings and the loss of a further 154 jobs, following a reduction of nearly a quarter in central government grant. The proposals include £610 million of capital investment over the next five years to make sure Cambridgeshire is open for business and to support prosperity, jobs, education and economic growth, a spokesman said.