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Wiltshire Council announces council tax rise as it tries to make £25 million savings

Cllr Dick Tonge, CON, Wiltshire

The region's largest local authority has announced it is putting up rates by the maximum 4%.

People in Wiltshire will see a 2% rise in council tax and another 2% on top as part of a social care levy. It will mean a band D bill will increase to £1270.

Wiltshire Council also announced it wants to make £25 million worth of savings in the next year.

Council announces first tax rise in six years

Bath and North East Somerset has announced a rise in council tax for the first time in six years.

The 1.25 per cent rise has been dubbed a "last resort", and councillors say it will protect frontline services and help meet the rising cost of caring for an aging population.

Alongside a need to save more than £40million over the next four years, in December B&NES Council learnt it had to identify a further £3.6million worth of savings in the coming year alone.

The council's cabinet has now proposed the 1.25 per cent rise - which would raise almost to £1million - ahead of it meeting on February 10 to set the 2016/17 budget.

The cabinet's proposals will enable the protection of core frontline services such as:

  • Children and youth services, including children's centres and child protection services.
  • Adult social care services.
  • Street cleaning, waste recycling, environmental health services, and public toilets.
  • Planning, regeneration and business support.
  • Leisure services, including planned investment in new leisure facilities in Bath and Keynsham.

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Big increase in house prices in Stroud

Stroud in Gloucestershire has seen the biggest increase in house prices, outside London and the South East Credit: ITV News

Stroud in Gloucestershire has seen the biggest increase in house prices, outside London and the South East.

The average home there now costs more than £282,000 a rise of 15% since the beginning of 2015, according to figures released today by Halifax.

Across the whole UK, house prices are up by an average of 10%.

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What would you do if you won the lottery?

What would you do if you won the lottery? Credit: PA: Dominic Lipinski

Somerset lottery winners, with a combined fortune of £10 million are pulling on their wellies to visit Conquest Equestrian Centre in Taunton.

As well as helping the volunteers carry out their daily tasks, the winners will be finding out more about the charity and delivering gifts and treats for the volunteers.

Conquest Equestrian Centre is a Somerset charity which offers equine activities for adults and children with a wide range of disabilities.

UKIP leader visiting Gloucester for 'Say No to the EU'

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage is due in Gloucester later Credit: PA: Anna Gowthorpe

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage is due in Gloucester later on his "Say No to the EU" tour of the country.

Mr Farage is holding a public meeting on the planned referendum at the GL1 leisure centre this evening.

He hopes to gather support for the party's campaign for the UK to leave the European Union.

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