Council tax in Cumbria to be hiked almost four percent

Council tax is to be increased. Credit: PA

Cumbria County Council's cabinet has agreed to increase council tax by 3.99% for 2017 to 2018.

The proposals will be recommended to the full council on 16 February.

It would lead to an increase of almost £100 per year, for residents who pay the highest band (Band H) of council tax.

The increase represents a 1.99% general council tax increase, and a further increase of 2%, which will be spent by the council on Adult Social Care.

The council says the increase is necessary because of government cutbacks, which have led to them agreeing to save £198m between April 2011 and March 2017.

The council still needs to find further savings of nearly £52m for the period 2017 to 2020.

The increase you may have to pay. Credit: Cumbria County Council