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Newcastle council puts council tax up in draft budget

Newcastle City Council's Civic Centre Credit: ITV News

Tax is set to go up in Newcastle as the city's council tries to manage more than £13m-worth of cuts.

Jobs would go and funding to help vulnerable adults would be reduced as part of the plans.

These are all detailed in Newcastle City Council's draft budget, which has been published today.

The authority has proposed a 1.95 per cent rise in council tax and three per cent rise in the Government’s social care precept, used to pay for social care.

It also states that "about 40" jobs would go. The majority of these positions are expected to be vacancies and the council has said it will work with unions to "try and avoid compulsory redundancies".

The council has also said it will need to "save £2.6m by developing new ways of caring for adults with complex needs".

Other changes include cuts in the authority's contribution to Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums and Newcastle Gateshead Initiative as well as a rise in garden waste charges. In total the council needs to save £13.3m.

Cllr Nick Forbes, the council's leader, said: “For the last seven years we have suffered some of the highest cuts in the country, and sadly next year will be no different.

“We are an ambitious council. Our transformation of services and good financial stewardship have helped minimise the impact, but Government cuts are such that the decisions we have to make will still be very painful."

“The future will be tough, but we have a plan, and ambitions to unlock new investment through devolution which will keep the city in a strong position,” he added.

Residents have been asked to share their views on the draft budget here.