Torridge District Council has voted to increase its share of council tax by £5 for the next financial year.

Despite its community and resources committee voting for a council tax freeze last month, Torridge District Council’s full meeting opted to increase the bill for tax payers.

This means that Torridge’s average Band D Council Tax will rise from £153.66 to £158.66.

It was proposed by councillors that the additional resources be directed to economic regeneration.

Deputy leader and lead member for customer services, Councillor David Hurley, said: “Torridge is a low wage economy and across the district families are struggling to keep up with the cost of living.

“That’s why it is so crucial that councils do as much as they can to help.”