Those living in Redbridge are set to pay 3.99 per cent more in council tax from April.

If the proposals are approved by the council’s cabinet at the end of this month, overall rates will increase from £1,549.98 per year for the average Band D property dweller to £1,626.37.

A total of one per cent of that overall increase will be ring-fenced by the council to pay specifically for adult social care, which provides services for vulnerable or elderly adults who need help at home.

Adult social care accounts for more than half of the borough’s overall budget.

The increase is the highest amount the council could raise council tax by without holding a local referendum on the issue.

Each band property in the borough, including GLA contributions, will be paying the following amounts after the increase:

Band Property value  Charge 2018-2019   Charge 2019-2020

A      Up to £40,000           £1,033.32                   £1084.24

B    £40,001 – £52,000      £1,205.54                   £1,254.96

C    £52,001 – £68,000      £1,377.76                   £1,445.66

D    £68,001 – £88,000     £1,549.98                    £1,626.37

E    £88,001 – £120,000    £1,894.42                   £1,987.78

F   £120,001 – £160,000    £2,238.86                   £2,349.20

G  £160,000 – £320,000    £2,583.30                   £2,710.61

H   More than £320,000     £3,099.96                   £3,252.74

Cllr Kam Rai, Redbridge Council’s cabinet member for finance, gave reassurances that there are currently no proposed changes to the council tax reduction scheme for those currently enrolled.

However, he admitted it will be kept “under review, particularly with regards to Universal Credit”.