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Council tax increase approved

Council tax increase approved

Published at 4:32pm 20th February 2015. (Updated at 5:20pm 20th February 2015)

North Yorkshire's households will receive higher council tax bills for the next year.

An increase of just under 2% has been approved as North Yorkshire County Council deals with the challenge of delivering services following "unprecedented" funding cuts.

The increase will produce extra income of around £4.8 million.

However, the authority will still need to take more than £1.6 million from its reserves, whilst making savings of around £22 million in the next financial year.

Since 2011, it has implemented and made plans for total spending cuts of around £170 million.

A programme of savings totalling £91 million has already been completed.

Council bosses say the reduction in spending power comes at a time when demand for services is continually rising, particularly in adult social care.

As well as approving the budget, councillors voted for changes to their allowances, which will save some £2,300 every year.