Councillors in Cambridgeshire 'reluctantly' agree to raise council tax by nearly 3%

Shire Hall, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councillors in Cambridgeshire have agreed to raise Council Tax by almost three per cent.

It says it is currently the third lowest funded County Council in the Country and the increase will protect vital services.

The move will add an extra £1.14 to the average householders bill.

  • Cambridgeshire gets £75m less in Government funding than an average London Borough.
  • £13.7m less than an average County Council.

The County Council has projected a budget gap for 2018/19 of £4.3m despite a range of transformation and efficiency plans already being undertaken.

Members reluctantly recommended the additional 2.99% council tax increase in its 2018/19 budget which will be put to a Full Council meeting on February 6th for final approval.

"If the outdated and broken funding formula had been rectified by now or if transitional funding was appropriately maintained, we would not need to consider whether to increase Council Tax in Cambridgeshire.”

– Cllr Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council