Council tax in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead will rise by close to four per cent after new spending proposals were agreed on earlier this week.

At a council meeting on Tuesday evening, the Royal Borough’s yearly budget was presented to the council by cabinet member for finance Cllr Councillor MJ Saunders (Con, Bisham and Cookham).

The rise is comprised primarily of a core tax rise of 0.95 per cent and an adult social care levy, but additional precepts for policing and fire and rescue authorities are still to be factored inwere not included in the final number and they will be factored in by Cllr Saunders at a later date.

The budget received praise from fellow council members, including leader of the opposition, Cllr Councillor Lynne Jones (Old Windsor Residents’ Association, Old Windsor) who described it as the ‘fairest’ and ‘most realistic’ budget she’d seen the Conservative council produce and said the Adult Social Care levy was ‘a justified increase’.