Bristol adds 2% to council tax bills to raise money for elderly care

Bristol is the latest council to announce it will increase local taxes by the maximum 4%, with half of the increase used to pay for adult social care.

Councils were given the green light to hike taxes for the upcoming financial year by an additional 2% in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement as long as the money is spent on adult social care.

Previously, councils would have to hold a local referendum to approve council tax rises of above 2%.

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Bristol householders will see bills rise by 3.95% in total. Bath and North East Somerset will increase council tax by 3.25%, while North Somerset will increase by 3.74%.

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