County Hall agrees 1.99 per cent council tax rise and £81.6m of savings

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Leicestershire County Council has agreed £81.6 million of savings and a 1.99 per cent council tax rise as it set its latest budget today (Wednesday, February 18).

Cuts to bus subsidies, household waste sites and road schemes are among the options that will now be looked at, to meet savings targets over the next four years. It’s also predicted that 700 full-time jobs will be lost over that time.

The 1.99 per cent council tax rise for 2015/16 - the council’s first rise in four years - will take its share of band D bills to £1,084.

The council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for finance, Byron Rhodes, said: “We’re taking very difficult decisions and the situation will only get worse, unless we receive extra Government grant.

“We are the lowest funded county council – if we received the average level of grant and council tax we’d get an extra £54 million per year.”