COUNCIL TAX will increase this year by 3.9 per cent, the Council has announced.

Two per cent of the increase which will be used to support older people’s services, particularly around residential and home care.

The increase was agreed by Cabinet last week, as the Government continues to make cuts to Local Authority budgets.

Since 2010, the council has seen cuts in Central Government funding of over £77million, and an additional £35 million is estimated to be cut over the next four years, with £10million in 2016/17.

Coun. Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, leader of Barnsley Council, said: “Against the backdrop of these cuts, we’ve tried hard to limit the cuts to our front line services. We have frozen council tax for three out of the last five years, with relatively small increases in the other two years.

“Unfortunately and with regret, but out of necessity, we now have to try and limit the cuts to front line services over and above the £10million of savings required in 2016/17.

"We need the funding to cover the increased cost of caring for our elderly and most vulnerable residents; therefore we have taken the extremely difficult decision to increase council tax in 2016/17 by 3.9 per cent.”