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Council tax set to rise by 2.99 per cent

Councillors to discuss proposal tonight - but full decision won't be made until March

Dan Cooper

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Would you pay more council tax to stop public sector cuts?

COUNCILLORS will tonight be asked to approve a recommendation to increase council tax by 2.99 per cent for the second consecutive year.

West Berkshire Council's executive commitee will vote on the proposal this evening but are unlikely to discuss or debate it in much detail, as it won't be decided for definite until the main budget meeting in March.

If approved by full council then, the rise will come into effect from April.

Putting council tax up by 2.99 per cent, the maximum amount allowed without holding a referendum, would generate an extra £2.84m for the cash-strapped local authority.

In agenda papers circulated in advance of tonight's meeting, officers warn that if the proposal to increase council tax is not approved, £2.84m of savings will have to be found elsewhere.

The council has been forced to make more than £30m savings and had to cut a number of public services over the past six years.

This is due to a huge reduction in government funding combined with an increased demand for its services.

The council's executive will also be asked tonight to approve a savings programme which will impact a number of public services.

Tonight's executive meeting starts at 5pm at the council's offices in Market Street, Newbury.

Members of the public are welcome to attend, but space is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

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  • newsouls

    15/02/2019 - 10:10

    There is a percentage of people living in West Berkshire that is increasing rapidly that cannot afford this increase. Cost of living is going up but people's salaries are not.. Now what WBC?? How are some people going to afford to pay.

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    • Greenberet

      15/02/2019 - 14:02

      You need to look at the big picture. If the council was funded properly by central government in the first place we would need an increase. You anger should be directed at your MP, not a council struggling to meet its statutory duites whilst chronically underfunded.

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  • Justin S

    14/02/2019 - 19:07

    We are not buying a second hand car or a litre of petrol here. So, lets call it 3% FFS. Lets face it . With the debacle over bins, London Rd Estate, the finances at WBC are a comical joke . So, input another 3 % for no more road repairs, no refund to the people who paid 500k over their needs for green bins, keeping shops open in town. Also I have missed the 3 way homophobic bloke from Aldermaston dropping himself in it ( Berk, thats his name!) Lets see how they fund their office refurbs with the cowboys they are employing next !!

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