BREAKING: Sheffield council tax set to rise as £63m of cuts gets first approval

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Town hall chiefs in Sheffield have today given the first stamp of approval to £63m of cuts - which will also see council tax rise for the first time in five years.

It means that householders are set to pay an increase of 1.99 per cent on their bills. or around £29 a year on a Band D property.

Up to 200 job posts could also be made redundant as part of the savings - although several are already vacant.

It is likely that around 98 currently occupied ‘net jobs’ will be lost.

A large portion of the cuts, at £15m over three years, will be made from existing major contracts with waste provider Veolia, highways firm Amey and Capita, which provides HR, payroll and benefits services.

Care packages will be’ retendered’ to make them more cost efficient and customer services will switch to more online channels.

The council is also to examine whether some services could be delivered on a Yorkshire-wide basis , such as adoption and youth justice.

Detailed cabinet reports show that park maintenance will also be switched to a more ‘natural and lower cost management’ to save money.

Subsidies for Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield Museums and SIV will be sliced by £500,000.

Charges for pest control, allotments and bereavement services will go up – although there will be no increase in parking. or for councillors’ allowances.

Chiefs in the council’s cabinet agreed the budget today but the plans must still go to full council in March for debate and final approval.

It is expected opposition councillors will oppose the council tax rise and call for it to be frozen using a Government grant.

See tomorrow’s Star for more on this story.