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A Newbury News Ltd publication NEWBURY & THATCHAM Advertiser FREE COUNCIL TAX TO RISE BY 1.99 PER CENT But theer will be no inecarse in adult social ecaprrecept Report by JONATHAN ASHBY email jonathan.ashby@newbuyrnews. co. uk twitter @jonathana_nwn He said: “I’d dearly like to be talk- ing about freezing or cutting tax rather than putting itup, but I also happen to live in the real world. o at the heart of your community o

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WEST Berkshire residents will have a council tax rise of 1.99 per cent after the council’s budget for the forthcoming year was approved in controversial circumstances. A furious argument over members’ speaking time led to Liberal Democrat and Green coun- cillors virtually walking out during the debate over the budget, mean- ing only Conservative councillors – and one remaining Lib Dem coun- cillor, Geoff Mayes (Burghfieldand Mortimer) – voted on the final budget. A 1.99 per cent council tax rise was approved – the highest a coun- cil can put up the tax without trig- gering a public referendum. However, unlike many around the country, the council chose not to increase the adult social care precept after the number of coron- avirus deaths in care homes contributed to a net underspend of

“The council’s costs rise year on year and it costs more every year to provide the same level of services to our residents. “This administration is very clear that support for business and a strong local economy is essential to provide good jobs for residents and underpin the council tax and business rates base in the district. “That funds the provision of our vital local services – you can ’t have one without the other. “We remain committed to supporting the most vulnerable in our districtwith increased funding in social care and we anticipate that much of the £3.2m given to us by Government for Covid-19 related pressures will be spent in this area.” n Please turn to page 3

£3.4m. For the forthcoming year, the council says it will have to save £3.7m, althoughit won ’t be making any redundancies or cuts to public services. The increase in council tax will raise just over £2m and will take the council’s revenue budget – to be spent on day-to-day expenditure – for the forthcoming year to £139m. Over half that money (£76.66m) will be spent on‘ People Directorate’ services, which include adult social care, public health and children and family services. The council’s executive member for finance Ross Mackinnon (Con, Bradfield) said the council tax increase was necessary to keep providing the same level of service to residents.

Snow Moon shines out o ver town ALL eyes were turned

Saturday, offering a celestial sight to behold for anyone looking at the night sky. The names of the monthyl full moons are derived from the names given to them by Native

American tribes. Our photographer Phil Cannings captured this

skywards at the weekend as the second full Moon of the year rose in all its glory. The Snow Moon– or Super Moon – was at its height on

stunning images of the Snow Moon silhouetted over houses in the town.

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