Town council increases its precept by 7.45 per cent but says that is only 8.8p extra a week...

Ilfracombe Town Council has voted to increase its council tax precept by 7.45 per cent.

An average Band D property will pay £65.90 per year to the town council, an increase of £4.57.

Councillors voted seven to three in favour of the increase, saying it was necessary to maintain services in the town.

The mayor, Councillor George Squires, said: “When it comes down to it, that comes out at 8.8 pence extra a week for a Band D property.”