COUNCILLORS have settled almost unanimously for a 2.49 per cent hike in domestic rates.
At the conclusion of a relatively straight forward rate-setting debate, compared to last year’s fraught two-day affair, five main parties agreed on a recommendation drawn up in advance by a series of working groups.
Ahead of the vote, party leaders lined up to thank staff for work on efficiency measures that kept the increase to a minimum.
Members heard it would add around 30p per week onto household rates bills.
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