COUNCILLORS will be asked to approve a tax increase of 2.99 per cent in order to deliver a balanced budget amid 'huge financial constraints'.

West Berkshire Council revealed the proposed increase, along with a three per cent Adult Social Care precept, in order to raise £5.4m.

A savings package of £5.2m has been recommended and councillors will meet on March 1 to consider the changes.

Councillor Anthony Chadley, executive member for Finance, said: “West Berkshire is facing huge financial constraints, as are all councils.

"Unless changes are made to the way we deliver services and income generated from sources apart from the Government Grant, more services will be impacted.

"Your council is adapting during the current financial challenges to help ensure that West Berkshire continues to be a great place in which to live and work.”

Revenue Support Grant has been reduced by £24m since 2013/14.

A further £15.7m has been allocated for occupational health equipment, home adaptations and supported living for vulnerable adults and looked after children and to improve the supply of temporary accommodation for people at risk of becoming homeless.  

In order to arrive at a balanced budget for 2018/19, £5.2m of savings and income generation proposals have been recommended.