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Council tax to rise as part of city council budget proposals

A photo of a building that has a sign that says Stoke in front of it Credit: ITV News Central

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has revealed plans for its budget over the next four years - including a rise in council tax.

They say their proposals aim to save 9 point 2 million pounds during 2020 and 2021, but they also set out 3.99% rise in council tax.

They say 2% will go towards adult social care in the city and 1.99% for supporting vulnerable families and people in Stoke-on-Trent.

This would, they say, mean that the majority of residents will pay an extra 67p a week - which equals to £34.73 extra for the year.

jobs at the city council will also be lost

These proposals outline 336 million pounds of additional investment up to 2025 - but the city council also report there will be 78 job losses.

This investment includes:

  • Investment into expansion of the council’s social housing stock and improvements - £125m
  • Disabled facilities grant, to support independent living - £2.8m
  • City centre regeneration - £1.5m
  • Special school for complex needs - £4.6m
  • Commercial properties across the city to encourage business growth - £30m
  • Clearance of sites in the city to support continued development - £0.2m
  • Spode and Stoke Town - £4.4m
  • Smithfield multi-storey car park to support the continued success of the site - £15m
  • Fortior Homes second development, with more new homes built and sites regenerated - £28.1m
  • Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone investment, to support more jobs and businesses coming to the city - £12.7m
  • Highways investments - £8.3m
rise in council tax

“We have worked hard for the last four years to deliver a city that is ‘Stronger Together,’ and we believe that it remains the ‘golden thread’ that unites the city.

We have been very honest with residents over recent years about the financial challenges we face. Like many other councils, we have been increasing spend on adults and children’s services and this demand continues to increase.

“While we know our Stronger Together strategy is transforming Stoke-on-Trent – we are seeing more homes, more jobs, and more benefits for the local economy – there is still a long way to go and our finances remain challenging.

We spend 61 per cent of our budget on adults and children’s services and this demand continues to increase. We have to support the children in our care – they are our number one priority – and the adults and families that need our services.

Funding from government has significantly reduced and at the same time by law we have to balance our budget – we have no choice but to continue to make difficult decisions around our priorities. Costs have gone up as has demand for our services."

– Abi Brown, Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader

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