Nottingham City Council agrees council tax rise and £17 million of savings
COUNCILLORS have agreed to plans to cut almost £17 million from Nottingham City Council’s budget.
The council says it faces a shortfall of almost £25 million after Government cuts.
It has decided to increase council tax by 1.95 per cent, as well as make £16.7m of savings, hitting children’s services and adult social care.
The council is ending the mobile library service, passing on dog warden duties to the Community Protection service and reducing road maintenance.
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It is also proposing to freeze staff pay increments for another year, saving £2.9m.
Deputy leader Graham Chapman called the budget "an excellent budget in challenging circumstances."
But Tory opposition leader Georgina Culley said the council should accept a Government grant to freeze council tax.
After nearly three hours of debate, the budget was passed with all Labour councillors voting for it and all Conservative councillors voting against it.