Taxpayers in Northamptonshire are facing a five per cent rise on their council tax payments after the government gave the cash-strapped local authority the go ahead in their annual spending review.
Cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council are the only authority to be offered the extra two per cent headroom without a referendum following a year spent battling bankruptcy that means they have had to cut millions in order to present a solvent budget.
The latest move is expected to generate an extra £5.8m which will plug gaps in children’s services, adult social care and winter road gritting, after reducing the latter service for 497 roads to save £475,000 attracted criticism.
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The extra tax exceeds the three per cent cap that other councils are subject to and is expected to cost 70 per cent of taxpayers in Bands A to C an extra 75p to a £1 per month.
The council’s cabinet will meet on February 14 to approve the new £418m budget .