SURREY Heath's Council Tax for the next year will see a rise from £944.50 to £1131.27 for an average Band D home in Frimley and Camberley -but only £18.61 of this will be for the borough's own local services.

Clive Allen, Surrey Heath's Director of Financial Services, said the council had had to make some difficult decisions in agreeing the budget in trying to maintain services against a backdrop of rising costs and a very small, inadequate increase in Government support.

Surrey County Council increased its share by 17.9 per cent. But the Leader, Coun. Nick Skellett, said that Government sleight of hand in shifting funds to the Midlands and North was equivalent to 11 per cent on the council tax.

Surrey will not have to make cuts to any main front line services and the county still has one of the lowest council taxes in the country. Its budget gives a £27 million boost to education and a £30 million increase for social care.

Surrey made efficiency savings of £12 million last year and it is to conduct a further review to try and save another £8 million.

Council tax bills will be delivered throughout Surrey Heath in a fortnight's time.