Prescot and Whiston to be hit by 4.99 per cent tax hike

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Homeowners in Prescot and Whiston are set to see their council tax bill rocket by 4.99 per cent.

Knowsley Council’s cabinet endorsed the recommendation, which will see three per cent of the rise ring-fenced for adult social care services.

The proposal will be voted on by the full council on March 8.

Council chiefs cite Knowsley’s ageing population for the proposed increase, which is the highest they can impose on taxpayers without holding a referendum.

If, as is highly likely, the proposal gets voted through it will mean a £43.11 increase per year on a Band A property.

Coun Gary See, cabinet member for Resources, said: “Having to consider increasing Council Tax was not an easy option.

“We are having to find almost £15m of savings over the next three years, whilst providing the services our communities need and value.

“Due to the savage cuts from this Government, there is simply not enough money to fund the increase in demand for Adult Social Care services and the spiralling costs of providing such essential services.”

“The Government’s solution is to get local people to pay for adult social care through an extra 3% Council Tax rise – referred to as the ‘Osborne Tax’.

We have worked hard to come up with the best mix we can of savings and Council Tax rises but it is a difficult balancing act when you are trying to protect key services and deal with funding cuts that will total £100m by 2020.”