Langport's council tax increases by 28% for 2013/14

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Council tax in Langport in Somerset is to increase by 28% for the coming year, after the local authority agreed to a rise.

Langport Town Council has raised the town's gross council tax precept for 2013/14, from £69,500 to £81,085.

This increase will see residents pay about an extra £50 over the year, or an extra £1 per week.

The council said if it did not put council tax up, public facilities and transport services would suffer.

The rise is designed to offset the potential future cut to an annual £11,000 government grant, which the council says it would have no control over.

Town clerk Robin Williams said: "The increase is to protect the services we've already got.

"The government has changed the calculation system, and even if we hadn't raised the precept, there would have been an increase in band D payments. But we'd run the risk in future years of not having sufficient funds to carry on what we're already doing."

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