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Fee rise as Taunton council tries to balance budget

Taunton Deane Borough Council office
Image caption Eight jobs are to be cut from the council

Parking charges, crematorium fees and the cost of planning applications are to rise as Taunton Deane Borough Council tries to balance its budget.

The Conservative-run authority has a budget shortfall of £1.6m after losing just under £1m in government funding. It has a net expenditure of £13m.

Councillors have agreed to plans which would see eight jobs cut. The authority employs 628 staff.

It has also cut funds for tourism, conservation and plants.

No one specific project is to be axed, instead budgets are to be trimmed.

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