Council tax is set to increase by four per cent as Nottingham City Council’s draft budget has more than halved in the past three years.

The budget for 2016/17 identifies new challenges for the council with a projected cut of £70m.

Central government is tightening the purse strings once again as they plan to phase out grants to local councils altogether.

Social services such as care for the elderly and disabled are amongst those greatly affected by the cuts as the budget has a deficit of £4.7m to continue the current care levels.

Services within Nottinghamshire County Council will also be affected as they too face further budget cuts.

Judith Storey, the managing director of the Hope Lea Project in Hucknall, which supports people with learning and physical disabilities, said: “As a care group, we feel that eventually they’ll be no services left unless a big change is made.

“It always seems to be the elderly and vulnerable that suffer.”

Consultation events are being held in areas of Nottingham such as St Ann’s, Bulwell Riverside and Clifton, giving residents a chance to have their say on the cuts.

Councillor Alan Clark, attended the consultation event at Bulwell, held on Thursday January 14, and said residents are concerned about the effect on homelessness services as well as the cost to the council for residents’ poor recycling and dealing with contaminated waste.

In a recent effort to tackle the problem, a team in Forest Fields checked residents’ bins prior to collection and removed all the contaminated waste and this saved £8,000 over a month.

Councillor Clark said: “It would be helpful if residents could educate their neighbours on what not to put in recycling bins as contamination costs the council money.”

The council vows to protect their services including children’s centres, weekly bin collecting and upholding their reputation of being the cleanest city.

Leader of Nottingham City Council, Jon Collins, said: “I’m sympathetic but we cannot control this.

“The government have to take the blame.”