Majority agree that Council Tax should rise
» 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.