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Devon Council Tax increases by 4 percent as plans to axe lollipop patrols loom

The total council tax rise in Devon could rise by more than £46 a year for the average Band D council taxpayer. Photo: ITV West Country

Council tax in Devon could rise by almost 4% to help pay for adult social care. Devon councillors will be meeting today (12 February) to vote on whether to raise the tax.

But alongside the rase cutbacks are being proposed - among the possible targets are school's lollipop services. A decision which has attracted heavy criticism.

The amount the increase will raise this year

The 4% rise could take the average council taxpayer's bill for county council services to £1,207.62.

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.

The extra money will go on a range of services though, including adult social care and flooding resilience.

It was confirmed this week that Devon would get an extra £8.4 million in rural support and other grants for 2016/17 from the Government. It makes Devon County Council the fourth highest beneficiary in the country.


to be spent on social care for elderly and vulnerable people
to fund the county’s response to severe storms
to be spent on highways drainage, safety defects and hedging
to fund efficient working using new technology
to support the Citizens’ Advice Bureau

Devon is now set to spend over £443 million on services in the new financial year.

With councillors deciding last month to accept the Government‘s offer to increase council tax by 2% to help pay for adult social care, today Devon residents could have an extra 4% added to their council tax in the near future too.