Hampshire’s part of the council tax will not go up, but jobs will bear brunt

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COUNCIL tax is set to be frozen for the third year running by Hampshire County Council – but more job losses are on the way.

The Winchester-based authority will be keeping its share of the council tax at the same rate of £1,037.88 a year for a Band D property.

This portion of the council tax covers road maintenance, schools and adult social care.

But the Tory-led authority still plans to axe 230 jobs as part of plans to cut its budget by £45m this year.

This is on top of the 1,400 posts shed since January 2011 in a bid to save £100m over two years.

Adult social care will bear the brunt of the latest job cuts with proposals to shed 165 full-time equivalent posts.

County bosses insist front-line services will be protected.

As a result of the savings programme last year, more than £25m will be freed up from contingency funds and invested in a range of schemes, including building more sheltered housing for the elderly and upgrading children’s homes.

County council leader Ken Thornber said: ‘The county council will freeze council tax in 2012/13, which means it will have been at the same level for three years – at a time when household budgets are under pressure. Band D council tax will be £1,037.88, one of the lowest in the country, which means Hampshire continues to provide services at a lower cost per head than other county councils.’