Two per cent tax rise planned

PUBLISHED: 17:31 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

COUNCIL taxpayers in North Somerset face a two per cent rise for the next financial year.

COUNCIL taxpayers in North Somerset face a two per cent rise for the next financial year.

A draft budget that would see the average Band D household paying £1,150.87 per year is set to be approved by senior councillors on Tuesday.

The North Somerset Council money plan claims to be diverting funds to frontline services for children, as well as adult social services and housing.

Leader Nigel Ashton said: "We are committed to keeping council tax as low as possible.

"Although North Somerset is one of the lowest funded councils in the country in terms of Government grant per head of population, we continue to be one of the lowest taxing areas in the South West."

If approved, the rise will be below inflation, with the consumer stood at 2.4 per cent in December.

Councillor Ashton added that internal efficiencies would help keep council tax as low as possible.

The draft budget will reduce a £19million shortfall for the next two years being to £4.4million.

Increases of 6 per cent in the Children and Young People's Services budget and 2 per cent in Adult Social Services and Housing are planned.

Cllr Ashton added: "We are putting as much resource into these two areas as we can to help them cope with the increasing demand for their services.

"We are planning for the future with investment aimed at delivering long-term recurring savings for the council."

If the budget is approved by the seven-man executive, it will then go to a vote of the full council on February 23.

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