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St Helens Borough Council sets budget for 2022/23

Councillors have approved the financial plan at Council on Wednesday evening for the 2022/23 budget.

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Article date: 3 March 2022

The government is allowing councils to use a one per cent precept on council tax that will go specifically to fund social care, which St Helens Borough Council will introduce along with a 1.99 per cent council tax rise that will also go towards supporting the most in need in St Helens Borough.

Despite this, St Helens Borough continues to have the lowest council tax in Merseyside.

Councillor Martin Bond, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: "We know the financial position this year for households is a precarious one. While we hope to have seen the end of Covid restrictions which have impacted on people's livelihoods we face an uncertain time with the cost of living set to rise. There is support available for those who are struggling so please speak to us to find out how we can help.

"The demand on our services continue to rise which has an impact on how we can deliver services. We have to take these difficult measures, like increasing council tax, as a last resort to make sure that vital services, such as supporting adult social care can continue to keep our families safe and provide the right level of help needed."

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