Council tax set to rise by 3.9 per cent

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Blackpool Council’s ruling executive has agreed to increase council tax by 3.9 per cent after meeting last night.

The move, which must still be approved by full council when it meets on Thursday, will raise an extra £1.8m.

It is the first increase for the town’s residents from the authority in five years, and comes as town hall chiefs are forced to find savings of £25m in the 2016/17 budget.

An increase of 3.9 per cent is the maximum councils are allowed to impose and includes two per cent specifically for social care services.

Currently the bill for an average band D property in Blackpool is £1,529.92, including precepts to pay for police and fire services.

A 3.9 per cent increase on the council’s element of the bill would be £52 per household. Most properties in Blackpool are in Bands A and B so the rise would be lower.