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County Council Back Council Tax Rise

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7:53am 14th February 2014

Your council tax is going up in Dorset.

County Council leader Spencer Flower's proposed rise of 1.99% for the coming year, has been backed at a meeting of full council.

The charge for a Band D property will go up by £23, that's about 45p per week.

The Council Tax charge has been frozen in Dorset the past 3 years.

In his budget speech, Leader of Dorset County Council Cllr Spencer Flower said:

"For the last three years this council has, quite rightly, maintained a freeze on council tax. However this council, along with many others, has reached the point whereby any further reduction in funding is likely to have a serious impact on the delivery of frontline services.

Cllr Flower told members that, although the council has saved more than £60m over the last three years, another £43m needs to be saved by 2017.

He said that around £28m in potential savings had already been identified in the Forward Together change programme including adult social care, transport, highways and children's services.

Flower told Wessex FM the rise in council tax could save frontline services;

"Members see it as a fairly modest increase, no one likes putting the council tax up but on the other hand we've had some savage reductions in government grant over the lifetime of the current government. We've already found £60M we've got to find another £43M to keep a balanced budget. This is enabling us not to have to make, what would inevitably some cuts to frontline services."

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