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Council tax bills set to rise by almost six per cent in West Berkshire

Cash-strapped district council proposing hike in a bid to generate an extra £5.4m of revenue

Fiona Tomas

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Council tax set to rise by four per cent from April

WEST Berkshire residents could see their council tax bills rise by almost six per cent from April.

The cash-strapped district council is proposing the hike in a bid to generate an extra £5.4m of revenue.

The increase will be made up of a 2.99 per cent rise in council tax, plus a three per cent increase to the Adult Social Care precept - both of which appear on the main bill.

The proposals are set to go before full council for approval at a meeting on March 1.

Councillor Anthony Chadley, West Berkshire’s executive member for finance, said: “West Berkshire is facing huge financial constraints, as are all councils.

“This means that unless changes are made to the way we deliver services and income generated from sources apart from the Government grant, more services will be impacted.

"Your council is adapting during the current financial challenges to help ensure that West Berkshire continues to be a great place in which to live and work.”

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Newbury Weekly News this Thursday.

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  • Oldmoaner

    14/02/2018 - 13:01

    West Berkshire Council is a body that consists of mainly administrators, no actual managers that oversee work. It is time now to sack the hierarchy down to supervisor level and bring the majority of services back to being council run. Our council tax should not be used for private profit but used to provide public services and if managers cannot run these services cost effectively they are the wrong managers. When contracts are let to outside contractors they then sub contract the work to profit making sub contractors and charge WBC at least 12% to allegedly manage the job, its fraught with miss use and underhanded practice. WBC have no control over any of the physical or practical works they carry out. These works could see at least three levels of sub contract with each one adding their profit on. It has to stop.

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  • zmjrc

    14/02/2018 - 13:01

    Where does it end? These increases year-on-year are not sustainable. Cost-cutting should start with draining of the swamp at WBC.

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  • zmjrc

    14/02/2018 - 13:01

    Where does it end? These increases year-on-year are not sustainable. Cost-cutting should start with draining of the swamp at WBC.

    Reply

  • zmjrc

    14/02/2018 - 13:01

    Where does it end? These increases year-on-year are not sustainable. Cost-cutting should start with draining of the swamp at WBC.

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