Approved by Bolton Council: A hike in council tax, millions of pounds of cuts and hundreds of job losses
10:28pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 in News
MILLIONS of pounds of council cuts have been approved by town hall chiefs tonight - but the taxpayer will have to pay more for less as a controversial council tax hike is also agreed.
Despite Conservative and Liberal Democrat opposition, Bolton Council's ruling Labour group passed next year's budget, which includes more than £40 million of cuts as well as a 3.5 per cent increase in council tax.
The move will also result in more than 500 council jobs being axed.
Bolton Council will now lose out on government grants of £2 million because it rejected the prime minister's offer to local authorities that did not increase council tax.
Following the rise, residents in band D properties will now pay £1,459.24 per year compared to £1,409.83 last year.
They will also pay an additional police precept of £149.33, and £57.64 for fire.
There was a large-scale protest outside Bolton Town Hall by union members before the meeting, and the police had to be called to deal with disruption by members of the public inside the council chamber, delaying proceedings by more than an hour.
Bolton Council leader Cllr Cliff Morris said: “This budget will have a big impact on local services, local people and local jobs — it is impossible to cut further, on top of the 60 million we have already saved, without having a very serious impact.”