Council tax expected to increase across Wigan borough

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Councillor-David-Molyneux
Cllr David Molyneux. Leader of Wigan Council. May 2018.

COUNCIL tax is expected to increase by around three per cent from April in Wigan.

Wigan Council is considering raising the adult social care precept by one per cent together with an increase in the council tax general levy of around 2 per cent.

It comes as the local authority looks for savings of £9m as it prepares a budget for the next year, having previously planned to freeze council tax until 2025.

But Wigan Council leader David Molyneux said he is “quite confident” a council tax hike would mean no cuts to services or job losses in the next financial year.

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, he said the town hall “fully understands” the pressures on residents hit by the cost of living crisis.

However, he said the government expects councils to raise money in this way.