One of lowest council tax bills in South West paid by people of North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 13:55 22 April 2019

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People of North Somerset pay one of the lowest council tax bills in the South West, new figures have revealed.

The Local Government Association (LGA) says many councils felt they had to raise tax this year to try and protect their services from funding pressures.

Band D households, the most common tax band, will pay £1,731 in tax in 2019-20, according to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government figures, the third lowest rate in the region despite an increase of 3.9 per cent on last year's levy.

Homeowners have a lower bill than the rest of the region on average, where Band D households pay £1,826.

Richard Watts, chairman of the LGA's resources board, warned increases across the country will not prevent cuts to services.

He said: “With councils facing a funding gap of more than £3billion this year, council tax rises will not prevent the need for continued cutbacks to services.”

A 2.75 per cent rise was agreed by North Somerset Council in February for the 2019/20 financial year.

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