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Council tax rise rubber stamped

Tonight West Berkshire Council rubber-stamped a 4.99% council tax increase.

Of the 4.99% increase, 3% of it will go towards adult social care and will generate £2.5m for the council to help deliver a vital service which supports those who most need help across the district.

Adult social care covers support for physical and mental health needs as well as learning disabilities and other conditions. West Berkshire Council already spends around £38m, or a third of its budget, on social care. However, with the number of residents aged over 65 growing by 3% annually this also means that the number of people qualifying for support from the council increases.

The session at Council HQ also highlighted the fact that West Berks Council was one of the hardest hit in terms of government funding cuts.

Cllr Graham Jones said we must not only spend money as carefully as possible, but also ensure high quality services to vulnerable people.

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