CHARGES on council tax bills for police and fire services are set to rise sharply this year - on top of the 4.49 per cent increase.

Fire bosses will decide whether to increase the portion of council tax to cover fire services by 2.99 per cent at its budget meeting tomorrow.

Current indications are that South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue will have its government funding slashed by £800,000 in 2019/20.

The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Billings, believes the hike will effectively be a one-off.

He said: “I am very aware thatmany households in South Yorkshire are struggling.

“It is not an easy decision to have to make. I think it is a decision you can make this way once. I think an increase in subsequent years has to be modest.

“Up to 2023 we are looking at more modest increases in the precept, rather than a big one like this,”