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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.