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Pembrokeshire approves 12.5% increase in council tax

The authority says it still has the lowest tax in Wales. Credit: PA

Pembrokeshire council has approved a 12.5% rise in council tax.

It will be the first double-digit increase in the tax agreed by a Welsh council since 2004. The increase comes as the council seeks to plug a £16m funding gap, but the authority says it still has the lowest tax in Wales.

The council tax increase was passed by 40 to 18 votes. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Cabinet members voted by 40 to 18 to approve the council tax rise.

Bob Kilmister, Cabinet member for Finance said the result was "good news" for the council to "make the changes" it needs.

This simply buys us some time to be able to make the changes that Pembrokeshire County Council badly needs to happen.

We've got to deliver our services, we've got to be a much leaner authority, we've got to make transformation the way that we offer our services and we're determined to do that, but without this 12.5% rise it would have been extraordinarily difficult to do that.

I must say it sounds such a lot, a 12.5% rise, but we do have the third lowest council tax in England and Wales. I understand a lot of people won't be happy with that, but I have to do the right thing, not what's popular.

– Bob Kilmister, Cabinet member for Finance