Austerity

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Hartlepool: The town where ‘police don’t come out’
The BBC follows officers in one of England's poorest towns to witness how budget cuts impact police on the front line.

Torbay council tax to rise by nearly 3%

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

There’s no sign of austerity coming to an end yet in Torbay where the elected mayor has set out plans for £7.5m of savings in next year’s council budget.

The proposals would see a 2.99% rise in council tax from April – that works out at just over £43.62 extra per year on an average Band D home.

This year’s tax is currently at £1,459 and the lowest in Devon.

The background to the challenge facing mayor Gordon Oliver in his effort to balance the books is a continuing fall in Government funding – down by £76m in seven years – alongside rising demand in key spending areas such as adult and children’s social care.

PMQs: Corbyn and May on austerity and 2018 Budget
The prime minister lists some of her achievements, before being cheered by Conservative MPs as she names a few economic "ups" and "downs".