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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.

£6.5m
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.

PROPOSED SPENDING

£5m
to be spent on social care for elderly and vulnerable people
£1.5m
to fund the county’s response to severe storms
£1m
to be spent on highways drainage, safety defects and hedging
£1m
to fund efficient working using new technology
£40,000
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.