North Somerset Council to vote on tax rise

PUBLISHED: 16:07 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:07 21 February 2017

Weston Town Hall.

Weston Town Hall.

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Households will see their council tax bills rise next year, assuming North Somerset Council members vote in favour of a proposed increase tonight (Tuesday) in Weston-super-Mare.

Cllr Nigel Ashton says the proposed cuts for 2017/18 have been the hardest to make.Cllr Nigel Ashton says the proposed cuts for 2017/18 have been the hardest to make.

Earlier this month the authority’s Conservative executive members agreed in principle to a 1.5 per cent tax rise and a three per cent social care levy for the 2017/18 financial year.

With the Conservatives holding a large majority in terms of councillors, it is therefore expected to be rubber-stamped tonight at Weston Town Hall.

About £60million has been saved by the council since 2010 and its leader Nigel Ashton says responding to the Government’s annual austerity cuts is becoming tougher.

He said: “The year ahead is likely to be the toughest yet.

“We have an excellent track record of delivering savings, but after six years of savage cuts, the choices we have to make to balance the books become harder and harder.

“The biggest challenge we face is continuing to meet the growing pressures to provide support for our most vulnerable residents, particularly elderly people.

“Of course they are the residents who need our help the most, but given the scale of expenditure in this area, it is also where we should focus our efforts to work more efficiently.”

Council bills for the next financial year will be sent out in March.

If the proposed increase is agreed, it will work out as approximately an extra £70 per year for an average band D home.


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