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5.99% Council Tax rise proposed

East Riding councillors are to discuss proposals to increase Council Tax by 5.99 per cent from April after the Government gave permission in December for local authority increases of up to 6 per cent without triggering a referendum. If approved at next month’s full council meeting it will result in an increase of £79.28 a year for Band D properties.

The proposals, which have been presented to all councillors by council officers, consist of a 3 per cent adult social care precept and a general council tax increase of 2.99 per cent,  which would raise £9.1million for the council. Explaining the proposals, the council says that over the past seven years it has been able to make savings of £158.3million but forecasts show that further savings of £40.3million still need to be made from its annual budget to meet Government funding reductions, inflation and service pressures by 2021/22.

Proposed savings identified over the next four years total £30.1million – leaving a shortfall of £10.2million, including an £8million gap within adult social care after the proposed council tax increase is accounted for. The annual cost of providing adult social care services in the East Riding is estimated to increase to £89million by 2021-22.