Aberdeen council tax to rise by 3% as 2018 budget approved

Aberdeen City Council HQ

Council tax will rise by 3% across Aberdeen as councillors approved their latest budget.

City councillors voted 23 to 19 to pass the ruling administration’s budget, which includes a 3% council tax rise for residents.

Other proposals approved within the Conservative, Labour and Independent budget include committing £40,000 to provide free sanitary products in schools and £100,000 for mental health provision for children in the city.

A further £80,000 has also been committed to establish an Alive After Five parking scheme which means people will be able to park for £1 after 5pm in some car parks.

A total of £500,000 will be saved by scrapping a City of Culture bid but the council has pledged to spend £250,000 to bid for UNESCO Creative Cities Network membership.