4.99% on council tax bills

Households in Henleaze and Westbury will see an average rise of £90 a year  in council tax bills from April.

Residents face a 4.99 per cent increase in the tax they pay to Bristol City Council, bringing in an extra £9.7 million. Bills will also rise to provide funding for police and fire services.

The Labour-run council’s budget was set on February 20, despite a lack of support from all three opposition parties. 

Measures voted through include the reintroduction of Sunday parking charges, an end to policy community support officer funding, higher wedding fees and removal of the discount for unoccupied properties.

The authority says that in spite of the rise, which includes a two per cent levy ringfenced for adult social care, it has been forced by the Government  to make swingeing cuts - but it is determined to minimise the impact on frontline services.

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