Newent Town Council has approved a budget for 2017/18 and will raise £210,022 through the Council Tax, which equates to an increase of 14p per week for a Band D property.  The majority of the increase to the Precept is due to the withdrawal of the Local Council Tax Support Grant of £11,670 which was previously used to offset Council tax rises.  The Council has striven to address all actions that are required in the forthcoming year, balanced against the knowledge that it is funded by the ratepayers of the Town, and is actively seeking grants to help fund projects where possible.  Cllr Wood, Mayor Newent said – “the Council has worked hard to keep the increase to a minimum without having to reduce any services provided to the town.”