Liverpool councillors reject nine per cent tax rise

Liverpool city councillors have rejected a call for a referendum to increase council tax by nine per cent after the debate attracted considerable controversy.

The proposal, submitted by the Green Party, claimed the move would raise an extra £6 million to offset cuts of £90 million over the next three years.

Liverpool City Council instead voted for a 4.99 per cent rise.

Speaking at a full council meeting on Wednesday evening, Mayor Joe Anderson said the budget for the next three years would protect the vulnerable and grow the city's economy.

Anderson highlighted schemes where the council has generated income thorough investments, like buying the Cunard building, but admitted he presented the budget with a ‘heavy heart’, given that around 300 jobs were set to be cut.

Deputy mayor Ann O'Byrne said ‘passions did run very high’ during the council tax debate.

"People are very emotional about this. We're talking about massive cuts to the city.

"In the cold light of day I think some people will be reflecting on some of the language they used."

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