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Council tax in Medway may rise by nearly 4%

Council tax bills in Medway Council's catchment area may rise by nearly 4% to cover the cost of social care.

The council has said it is facing a 30% drop in its grant support from the government.

It has proposed to increase the council tax by the maximum amount allowable, 1.994%, plus an additional 2% under the social care precept.

The precept was introduced by Chancellor George Osborne in his 2015 autumn statement.

The proposal will be voted on at the full council meeting on 25 February.

'Tough task'

If approved, the new council tax rate, including the precept, would be £1,234 per year for an average band D home - a rise of 91p a week or £47 a year on the current rate.

Alan Jarrett, leader of Medway Council, said it had been an "incredibly tough task" to balance the books.

"Year on year we receive less money from central government," he said.

"The 1.994% rise in council tax and the additional social care precept is unavoidable if we want to maintain the important services that residents rely on and deserve."

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