A council tax rise of 4.98% for the next financial year is expected to be approved by the full council in Bournemouth later.
The council's Cabinet has recommended 'reluctantly' that the council tax increase for the 2017/18 budget be passed. The Cabinet had already identified £13m of cuts and savings to balance out a shortfall of £8 million in the budget for next year. However councillors are also expecting reductions in funding from Central Government of £6.9 million in 2017/18, and a further drop of £4.4 million in 2018/19.
The 4.98% council tax rise includes a 1.99% increase in standard council tax, and a 3% Adult Social Care precept to fund
The rise will allow Bournemouth Borough Council to allocate an additional £9 million to its Adults' and Children's' social care budget for the next financial year from April 2017. Officials say this means that approximately 75% of the Council's entire budget will be used to meet the cost of statutory, demand-led social care services.