PLANS to spend more in crisis and priority areas, make savings of £7 million and freeze council tax for the third year running were agreed by the Isle of Wight Council tonight (Wednesday).
, produced by the ruling Conservative group, means the Isle of Wight Council’s proportion of the tax, by far the biggest component, will not increase.
The police precept and individual parish and town council rises must still be added however, which could lead to an increase for households.
Savings of £7 million — including cash saved by ditching the post of chief executive — have led to union predictions of compulsory job losses at County Hall.
An extra £475,000, including cash from the NHS, will be pumped into child protection, while another £8.7 million will be invested in adult social care over the next three years.
The budget was approved by 23 votes for, 12 against and one abstention.