Ma­jor­ity agree that Coun­cil Tax should rise

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» PLANS to hike Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil’s share of the Coun­cil Tax bill by 4.99 per cent have been ap­proved.

The av­er­age Band D house­hold would pay an ex­tra £5.13 per month for ser­vices the author­ity pro­vides.

That’s be­fore any rises from the po­lice, dis­trict and par­ish coun­cils are fac­tored in.

County coun­cil­lors voted through the pro­pos­als by a ma­jor­ity of 28 with 18 ab­sten­tions.

The author­ity needs £295mil­lion from coun­cil tax­pay­ers for its bud­get to bal­ance.

The county coun­cil will pump £11mil­lion of the ex­tra fund­ing into chil­dren’s ser­vices, and a fur­ther £3mil­lion will go to­wards the bud­get for adult so­cial care.

Nearly two thirds of house­holds are in Bands A, B, or C.

The coun­cil reck­ons the price of keep­ing young chil­dren safe will cost £84mil­lion next year, up from £73mil­lion

The bud­get for adult so­cial care will go up by £3mil­lion to £136mil­lion as of April.

The draft 2019/20 bud­get also sets out a range of cap­i­tal in­vest­ments such as £44mil­lion for schools, £57mil­lion to­wards high­ways and £7mil­lion for pot­holes.

Speak­ing at the full coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil leader Coun­cil­lor Mark Hawthorne said: “The claims that aus­ter­ity isn’t over is wrong.

“This bud­get does not show aus­ter­ity, it shows in­vest­ment.”

Coun­cil­lor Joe Har­ris (LD, Cirences­ter Park) said: “The Con­ser­va­tives have turned a blind eye to re­al­ity of the last few years, and are not work­ing for the peo­ple of Glouces­ter­shire.

“There is a fund­ing cri­sis and you should be lob­by­ing the Gov­ern­ment harder.”

The in­crease in Coun­cil Tax will come into ef­fect as of April 1.

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