Plymouth households face 1.9% annual council tax rise

Council tax payers in Plymouth face a rise of 1.9% a year for the next three years.

The council also wants to axe 300 of 3,248 jobs to help meet a forecasted £64.5m shortfall in its £212m budget.

Officers expect government funding to drop from £76.6m this year to £37.6m by 2016.

A draft budget which the Cabinet is considering on Tuesday means a "radical rethink" about services, including partnerships with other authorities.

'Difficult decisions'

The Labour-run city council said it aimed to save £24m by 2016 by sharing and "refocusing" services.

It also aims to raise service charges to bring in an extra £3.6m by 2016.

Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for finance, said there were some "very difficult decisions ahead".

"The scale of the challenge we face due to government funding cuts is daunting but we have been determined not to let it devastate local services," he said.

"The only way to address the scale of what's ahead and protect front line services is to radically rethink how we do things."

A budget, which will be subject to consultation, is due to be adopted on 24 February next year.

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