Leeds council tax set to rise as cuts bite

Leeds Town HallLeeds householders have been handed a council tax bombshell just two weeks before Christmas.

Plans to increase the local levy by two per cent next year, following a three-year freeze, were revealed last night by Leeds city council. Another 274 jobs at the authority are also set to be slashed to cut running costs.

Council leader Coun Keith Wakefield admitted it was a “dire financial situation”. He said: “We cannot continue to freeze council tax as it reduces our income to the point where it threatens our ability to support even the services we must provide by law.”

The current council tax for a band D property in Leeds is £1,316.39. A two-percent rise would equate to £26. The council has suffered Government grant reductions of £94m over the past three years, with £36m to be cut next year,

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