Here are the main reasons why cash-strapped town hall chiefs want to increase council tax rates by 3.99 per cent.
* St Helens Council faces an £8.9 million (16 per cent) reduction in Government grant.
* It means a potential 3.99 per cent increase in council tax to protect services and invest in the social care that the Government expects the council to provide.
* The council faces additional costs due to the introduction of the
* National Living Wage and higher National Insurance costs.
* There will be a 0.8 per cent increase in business rates.
* There’s now a freeze on general funding for schools.
However, despite being under pressure, the council has still managed to:
* Invest in new, energy-efficient street lighting
* Attract investment in sports development at Ruskin Drive
* Boost highway improvements by attracting regional investment
* Maintain investment in our school estate
* Support large scale commercial developments