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West Berkshire residents set to be hit with maximum council tax rise

Increase to make up for government funding shortfall

Dan Cooper

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Council tax set to rise by four per cent from April

WEST Berkshire residents are set to be hit by a 4.99 per cent rise to their council tax bills from April, it was announced today.

The district council is hoping the move will raise an extra £4.2m to help plug a £8.9m shortfall in government funding.

The remainder will be found through internal redundancies and cuts to some public services, including road safety and pothole repairs. 

It is also proposing to increase parking charges again.

The council says that if it didn't raise council tax, it would need to axe more services. 

Council tax will rise by 1.99 per cent, with the other three per cent added on to bills as an Adult Social Care precept.

The proposals will go before councillors at an executive meeting next week and will be decided at a full council meeting in March.

The planned rise follows a 3.99 per cent increase on council tax bills last April. 

It also follows the news that Newbury Town Council and Greenham Parish Council's precept will not increase. Thatcham Town Council's will rise by 9.5 per cent, however. 

For more, see next week's Newbury Weekly News.

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  • Potholer

    Potholer

    16/02/2017 - 12:12

    So WBC are going impose the maximum council tax increase they can get away with - no surprise there. And the beleaguered motorist will once again be milked for extra revenue. Ever increasing council tax charges for an ever-decreasing service. Never have so many paid so much for so little! Council Tax must be the most inequitable tax ever devised.

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  • NewburyResident

    10/02/2017 - 19:07

    Why are people complaining of course we have to have an increase. How else are we to fund giving £3m of land to developers for free? The public just don't understand what the council has to do!!

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  • TractorMan

    10/02/2017 - 16:04

    Just how much have West Berks wasted of our money on the HWRC permit fiasco and pointless spat with Hampshire CC over the waste? Bet whoever was responsible still gets a pay rise and we are left to foot the bill!!!!

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  • NewburyDenizen

    10/02/2017 - 11:11

    Wonder if they considered ditching/lowering some of the councillors, or are the public always the first in line to suffer?

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