FLINTSHIRE Council has confirmed council tax is up for review as it battles against cuts of £50million.
However, the council’s deputy leader says a rise isn’t inevitable despite some other unitary bodies already announcing a potential maximum five per cent increase.
Cllr Bernie Attridge said that should any council tax rise materialise the council will try to resist an increase of more than in previous years in order to minimise the impact on living costs as people struggle “to eat and heat”.
The budget for 2014/15 and the level of council tax from April 1 is to be determined in the New Year.
Cllr Aaron Shotton, leader of the council said: “The level of council tax for 2014/15 will be considered by members over the coming months.
“We remain resolute in our mission to defend local communities against the worst impacts of cuts to the council’s funding from Government.
“The current financial forecast includes an assumption of a three per cent rise per annum for financial modelling purposes.
“The budget for 2014/15 and the level of council tax from April 1 will be determined by the council on February 18.”
Council leader for Anglesey, Ieuan Williams, stated it was “more than likely” his authority would push council tax bills up by five per cent which is the maximum permitted in any single financial year by the UK Government.
But despite moves by other councils Cllr Attridge maintained Flintshire would not adopt a “slash and burn” policy while attempting to deal with the “financial turmoil” he described earlier this week.
“Until we have the budget discussions it is hard to predict but a rise in council tax isn’t inevitable.
“There are ways of managing out budgets better and we certainly want to resist increasing council tax by any more than in previous years.
“People are struggling with the cost of living at the moment and struggling to eat and heat. The council is looking at itself first and working from the top down to deal with the cuts.”
This week Flintshire Council confirmed council jobs would be lost and admitted senior managers were yet to learn their fate.