The Mayor said the main reason behind the increase was to pay for a new mandatory government pension scheme for the council’s six employees.

The tax hike is also covering the potential increase in the adult minimum wage from £6.31 to £7 which would affect all but one of the council’s staff.

The Mayor said: “We have not raised the precept for two years. This is not an inflation-busting increase, it is a stand-still increase.”

The final tax bill is made up of payments Warwickshire County Council, Stratford District Council, and Warwickshire Police, as well as your local parish or town council.

See also: Warwickshire heading for a 2% increase in county council tax