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Knowsley Council Cabinet backs tax increase

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Knowsley Council’s Cabinet has backed the recommendation to increase Council Tax in 2017/18 by 4.99%. Of the proposed increase, 3% will be ring-fenced to go towards funding Adult Social Care services.

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The income raised by the proposed increase in Council Tax will be invested in services that support vulnerable and older people to live independently in their own homes for longer. Over the next three years, the Council has to find £14.8m of savings due to cuts. The increase will mean a £43.11 increase per year on a Band A property.

"The Government’s solution is to get local people to pay for adult social care through an extra 3% Council Tax rise – referred to as the “Osborne Tax”. We have worked hard to come up with the best mix we can of savings and Council Tax rises but it is a difficult balancing act when you are trying to protect key services and deal with funding cuts that will total £100m by 2020.

– Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council

The recommendation will now be considered at Council on 8th March.