A Council Tax hike is set to come to Surrey after being recommended by the county council cabinet meeting on January 30.

An increase of 2.99 per cent, plus another 3 per cent increase to the Adult Social Care precept for 2018/19 will be put to the full council on February 6 to be voted on.

The overall increase, if the proposal is approved, would be 5.99 per cent – the maximum allowed by a local authority without triggering a referendum.

The increase in core Council Tax is expected to raise an additional £7 million.

Money raised from the Adult Social Care precept would go to support services for people with physical disabilities and learning disabilities and people with mental health conditions.

In total the proposals would cost a band D household £1.53 more a week.

Council leader David Hodge blamed the proposal on the “dramatic” decline in central government funding for Surrey.

He said more than £200 million has been taken away since 2010, and the number of people with learning disabilities receiving support from the council has risen by 46 per cent.

A report presented to cabinet stated the council had made £540 million in cuts since 2010/11, and an additional £66 million spending reduction is planned for 2018/19.

Cllr Hodge also spoke about Surrey county and borough councils having secured a pilot scheme whereby in 2018/1 they will keep a higher proportion of business rates – expected to be £20 million.