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Devon council tax increase to pay for social care

The total council tax rise in Devon could rise by more than £60 this April. Photo: ITV News

Council tax in Devon is to rise by 2% to help pay for adult social care.

£6.5m
The amount the increase will raise this year

The rise will help to pay for the Government's increase in the minimum wage, which would cost the council over £7 million more in care costs.

MORE TAX INCREASES ON THE WAY?

This 2% increase would be on top of any rise in the rate for general services, which will be decided at the annual budget meeting next month.

1.99%
A possible increase which could be added on top of the 2% rise
3.99%
The total tax rise allowable without holding a referendum

This has been a difficult decision to take. We are well aware that many people in Devon are living on fixed incomes or low wages and any increase in their living costs is unwelcome.

But the rise in the minimum wage will boost incomes - especially for many our care staff who do an absolutely vital job looking after our elderly and vulnerable adults.

– Council leader John Hart

WHAT THE INCREASE COULD MEAN FOR YOU

If the total possible council tax rise of 3.99% is introduced then the average Band D property wold see a total increase of around £46 a year.

Devon County makes up the majority of the bill but the district council, police and fire service could put up their precept on council tax too, seeing bills rise by more than £60 this April.