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BLACKPOOL: Four per cent council tax rise

Councillors will be asked to approve a 3.99 per cent increase in Blackpool Council’s share of the council tax when they meet next week.

The increase, which will see residents living in an average band D property pay £1,618 for their town hall services in 2020/21, had been anticipated and is just below the maximum threshold allowed by the government.
It  includes a two per cent increase to pay for adult social care, but final bills will also include precepts to pay for the fire and police service.
The precept for policing will rise by 4.96 per cent, equivalent to £211.45 at valuation band D, while for the fire service it will go up by 1.99 per cent,  which is £70.86 at band D.
Money raised from the council tax will help fund spending of £142m on services with around three quarters of the budget set to go on funding adult and children’s social care.
A report to the executive by the council’s director of resources Steve Thompson says the proposals are “the best that we can do to continue to protect core services to vulnerable people and communities, together
with the need to balance the budget and move to a greater self-sufficiency with regard to income and tax-raising”.
The recommendations will go before the executive on March 4 while the full list of council tax bandings will be published ahead of the council’s annual budget meeting on Monday March 9.
Cuts of nearly £20m have been made in this year’s budget to pay for an additional £14m towards children’s services, and to meet a funding gap of £5m.
Up to 75 jobs are also expected to be lost, although it is hoped most will be met through voluntary redundancy, abolishing vacant posts and ending temporary contracts.
A mental health unit on Gloucester Avenue is being closed to help make savings, and will be replaced by alternative services.
 

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