Residents in Calderdale will see their council tax bills rise by almost 4%.

And part of the money will be used to create a £3 million fund to help with recovery after the devastating floods.

Council tax bills will go up by 1.95% in 2016/17, and an additional 2% social care precept will also be added to payments.

The Government introduced a new power for local councils to levy the additional council tax precept of two per cent to contribute to funding social care. Calderdale says it will allow it to continue to fund high quality social care at a time when demand is steadily rising.

Council tax in Calderdale has only increased by 1% in total over the last six years, but the council says it is facing exceptional financial challenges, and needs to find savings of more than £22million in the next few years.

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Part of the money raised by the increase will be used to create a flood recovery and resilience fund worth £3m following the Boxing Day floods, which brought devastation to much of the region.

Calderdale Council leader Clr Tim Swift said: “Last summer we held the council’s largest ever budget consultation and it was clear that people really value what we do.

Calderdale council leader, Clr Tim Swift in Halifax Town Hall
Calderdale council leader, Clr Tim Swift in Halifax Town Hall

“People also shared some great ideas to help us deliver services differently which we have incorporated into the budget which we presented to the council.

“We are continuing to face massive reductions in the financial support which we receive from the government. As a result we need to find further savings of £22.3 million by 2018/19.

“The scale of the reductions in government support will continue until 2020, when revenue support grant will virtually cease.

“At the same time we are leading the recovery from the most devastating flooding in Calderdale in recent history, affecting homes and businesses from Walsden to Brighouse. We must do all we can to help our communities to rebuild and thrive.

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“To meet these unprecedented challenges we have developed a new strategy to ensure we are able to continue delivering our vital frontline services whilst maintaining our financial stability in these uncertain times.”

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The council says the new approach has four elements which include the creation of the flood recovery and resilience fund; clear spending and saving proposals for the next two years which will protect key services whilst achieving a balanced budget; a vision of the shape of the council in 2020 and a change programme to reshape the council so it can meet the projected budget gap in 2018/19.

The council says it will continue to provide responsible, flexible and appropriate care for vulnerable people, both young and old. Major front line services will also be protected.

The budget, which covers the next three financial years, from 2016/17 to 2018/19, is available to view at www.calderdale.gov.uk/budget