Soaring council tax hits ceiling
‘Relentless central government cuts’ are blamed as residents face a 5.99 per cent hike
26 January, 2018 — By Emily Finch
Labour finance chief Councillor Andy Hull
THE Town Hall is set to raise council tax by the maximum possible amount.
Residents will face a 5.99 per cent increase from April, which means people in band D properties will have to pay £65 a year more. The increase includes a three per cent social care precept, which will help pay for adult social care services.
Labour finance chief Councillor Andy Hull said: “We don’t want to raise council tax, but at a time of unprecedented and relentless central government cuts to council budgets we have little choice if we wish to protect vital services on which local people rely.”
He added: “We are proposing to ask people to pay a bit more to help keep important services for children and families going”
Terry Stacy, former Liberal Democrat council leader, said: “I don’t think they should raise it without being upfront with residents about why.”