Nottingham City councillors have approved a range of service changes and a Council Tax increase.
The council claims the council tax hike alongside overall savings of £15.6m are nessasarily to keep due to funding slashed by three-quarters over the past decade.
Next year’s budget which was agreed at a meeting of the Council on Monday 9th March following public consultation on the proposals.
Portfolio Holder for Finance, Cllr Sam Webster said: “The Government is expecting us to increase Council Tax to pay for the cost of care services for elderly people – that’s why Council Tax is going up again.
“It’s not the right way to fund such vital services – we need proper policies and adequate funding from Government to address the national crisis we face in caring for people in their old age. The Government has so far failed to come up with a proper plan to fund care services across the country.
“The lack of adequate Government funding for local services means that we’re having to make savings of another £15.6m in this budget, but the Council Tax increase only brings in just above £4m.
“This scale of Government funding cuts has never happened before. In Nottingham we receive over £100m less per year than we did in 2013. Despite repeated promises from Government of a new plan to fund care services nothing has changed.
“The vast bulk of our funding is now spent on care services for vulnerable children and older people with care needs. These are vital services that thousands of our residents rely on every day.
“Councils up and down the country now have no choice but to raise council tax, increase charges and make further service reductions to try to close the funding gap.
“Not only that but funding cuts are not being applied fairly with Nottingham households losing £529 while wealthier Surrey has seen its spending power actually rise by £19. After nine years of ignoring this problem it is urgent that Government puts forward a fair system, new money and a new policy to fund care for the elderly.”