OLDHAM’S COUNCIL tax is to rise by 3.6 per cent after the budget for 2016/17 was approved by Oldham Council.
The increase is the first for the borough in three years as the local authority strives to find another £16.1million in savings following cuts from central government.
The council will increase its element of the council tax bill by 3.7 per cent, which is around an extra 66p a week for most residents in the most common Band A homes.
Two per cent of that rise comes from a new ‘precept’ announced by Chancellor George Osbourne last year to help plug a gap in funding for adult social care.
However, Saddleworth Parish Council has announced its precept, which makes up part of the council tax bill, will be frozen for a fourth year in a row.
Overall the council tax bill will rise by 3.6 per cent as amounts due for police and fire services are lower.
The proposals were backed by all of Oldham’s 45 Labour councillors and two Conservatives, with the remaining 13 councillors abstaining.
Deputy council leader Abdul Jabbar, Cabinet Member for Finance and HR, said: “Not content to leave councils with a huge funding problem around adult social care, the Government has also withdrawn the council tax freeze grant.
“I put these budget proposals forward with a heavy heart, as do all my colleagues on these benches.”
Since 2009 Oldham Council has had to find almost £200million in savings, with more cuts expected to be made by government next year.