Council tax rises across the region for another successive year

As council's meet to discuss their budgets many are raising council tax for another successive year. Here's what your council is planning to do.

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Rivers Authority sees increase in council tax

Council tax payers in Taunton Deane will have to pay almost 5 per cent more for services this year.

The authority is increasing its tax by 3.6 per cent with a further one and a quarter on top for the new Somerset Rivers Authority.

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.

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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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