Council tax rise on the cards

Milton Keynes Council
Milton Keynes Council

Cash-strapped taxpayers are facing a near four per cent increase in council tax.

Today Labour councillors revealed how they plan to slash £22million off MK Council’s budget in the next financial year.

They suggest increasing council tax to 3.95 per cent, which includes a new 2 per cent tax to be spent on adult social care.

The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement that local authorities could raise their Council Tax by an additional 2 per cent, over what would have previously called for a referendum - as long as the additional income generated supports Adult Social Care expenditure.

It could raise an additional £2billion by 2020 if all councils chose to charge more council tax.

Council leader Pete Marland believes his budget protects libraries and children’s centres, has measures to build new council houses and tackles homelessness.

Opposition leader, Conservative Edith Bald said: “It is really disappointing to see that Labour want to increase council tax.

“It will mean taxpayers having to pay on average £100 extra a year on a band D property.

“I note that despite a two per cent increase being used for Adult Social Care, there are still significant cuts in this area.

“We will be scrutinising this very carefully.”

The proposals will be debated by Cabinet on December 14, and if approved will be open to public consultation from 15 December 15 to January 20, 2016.