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Higher council tax, more cuts and £589m of spending: The future in Northumberland


More cuts, a council tax rise of just under 4% and well over half-a-billion pounds of capital spending are on the cards in Northumberland in the coming years.

The county council has now published its detailed budget for 2019-20 as well as its medium-term financial plan for the next three years, with proposals for cutting £25m out of the required savings of £36m - including £12.8m next year.

Ratepayers will be doing their bit with council tax to increase by 2.99% - the maximum allowed by the Government without a local authority holding a referendum, plus a further 1% ring-fenced for adult social care.

But this doesn't mean that there won't be investment in the county, with a significant £589m of spending lined up.

Council leader Peter Jackson said: "We've worked tirelessly over the past year to balance our books and we're confident we'll be delivering a deliverable but ambitious budget.

"We've always had bold plans and this budget will help support a thriving local economy and deliver value for money for all the communities we serve."

View the full article at The Chronicle

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