East Hampshire District Council set tax increase

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HOUSEHOLDS will have to find a few extra pounds a year after council tax was increased.

Councillors at East Hampshire District Council agreed to a two per cent increase.

It will be an extra £2.69 a year to pay towards the services provide by the council.

Council leader Ken Moon said: ‘We have a proud, long-standing record of keeping council tax low in East Hampshire.

‘The financial situation is the worst since the war and the annual grant we receive from the government has halved over the last five years.

‘We know residents and businesses locally are also feeling the effects of the economic downturn and that is why we have worked hard to keep the rise below inflation and well below the maximum rise permitted for the council.’