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Council tax rise confirmed in Wigan after four hours of debate

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Councillors for Wigan confirmed that tax will rise by 4.99 per cent after a majority vote came in following four hours of debate.

The town hall was packed out on the first day of March for the first full council meeting of 2023 - where the main topic of discussion was the budget.

Speeches from members of the cabinet took up a large proportion of the spectacle as they gave not-so-brief synopses on the success of 2022 and what the tax rise would help maintain.

No cuts to services or council jobs, maintenance of leisure facilities, a funding boost for child and adult social care, an ‘ambitious’ social housing programme and a plan to tackle damp and mould in council-owned homes were all dependent on this tax rise, the chamber heard. READ MORE: Manchester Arena bombing: MI5 says sorry for 'significant missed opportunity to take action' Coun Nazia Rehman, Portfolio holder for Finance, Resources and Transformation, was the first of leader Coun David Molyneux’s team to speak on the budget.

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