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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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Bristol Pound can be used to pay council tax

Local currency can now be used to pay council tax Credit: Bristol Pound

Bristol residents can now use the Bristol Pound to make council tax payments.

This means Bristol is the first UK city where people can pay council tax in a local currency.

Accounts can be opened online at bristolpound.org/signup or in person at BCU’s offices, Stokes Croft.

Local currency can now be used to pay council tax Credit: Bristol Pound

For the first time the people of Bristol have a clear and direct way of giving an imperative to the city council to support local businesses.

In true Bristol fashion, we are the first UK city where people can pay council tax in a local currency.

If people take it on and start doing it, the whole scheme will scale up significantly.

This would have a real effect on the economy, supporting locally owned businesses and the communities they are part of.

Local businesses have been able to pay their business rates and Business Improvement District (BID) Levy in £Bs since the scheme launched in September 2012.

£B119,502 Bristol Pounds were paid to the council in business rates in 2014.

Since September 2012 a total of £B680,000 Bristol Pounds has been issued, with £B460,000Bristol Pounds currently in circulation. About 800 locally-owned businesses accept the currency.

– Ciaran Mundy, £B Director

Dorset council tax to rise

Dorset County Council will increase its share of the council tax by just under 2% next year.

It already need to cut £15 million this year and the council says it would have to save even more if they didn't increase their share of the council tax.

The council have had to cut £15 million this year

Dorset council tax to rise

Dorset County Council will increase its share of the council tax by just under 2% next year.

It already need to cut £15 million this year and the council says it would have to save even more if they didn't increase their share of the council tax.

The council have had to cut £15 million this year
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