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Arbory rates up, Rushen's down, ahead of merger

Authorities settle at 130 pence in the pound

Rates in Arbory will increase by four per cent in April, ahead of a merger with neighbouring Rushen.

The two authorities have both set rates of 130 pence in the pound, to ensure a smooth transition when they officially become one, after local elections in the spring.

It means ratepayers in Arbory will see their bills climb from 125 to 130 pence in the pound, a rise to cover inflation and budget for the costs of a merger.

Rushen residents will see their rates fall by eight pence to 130 pence in the pound, with separate fixed refuse charges scrapped.

The increase for Arbory ratepayers comes despite claims the amalgamation would see a 'reduction of up to 4p in the pound'.

However, it's expected the savings made from the merger will be passed back to ratepayers in future years.

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