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Council tax rises 4.99 per cent

AFTER a six-hour meeting on February 21, Bristol city councillors finally agreed next year’s budget which will see council tax rise by almost five per cent from April.

Council officers identified about £67 million of savings but still have £37 million to find to balance the books. The meeting approved a package of 112 savings proposals worth £33.1 million.

Henleaze and Westbury council tax payers can expect a yearly rise of around £79 for a band D property, £96 Band E and £113 Band F.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is very much a corrective one-year budget. It’s about taking back control of the council’s finances and making some of the tough but necessary choices which have been avoided in the past.

“We all know there’s no realistic way to make over £100m of savings without some pain, but I think we’ve done a good job understanding the impact and thinking about how we minimise it.”

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