COUNCIL tax is set to rise by nearly four per cent in Salford under draft budget plans.

The council previously announced it had achieved a ‘no cuts’ budget.

But councillors complained budget documents were ‘vague’ and lacking in detail after the town hall failed to release a full break-down of its expected expenditure over the next year.

Members told a council scrutiny meeting the lack of detail made it difficult to understand exactly how the budget had been balanced.

A full departmental break-down of figures is expected in time for a full council meeting at the end of the month.

City Mayor Paul Dennett told councillors he was unhappy about the ‘regressive’ increase, arguing that it will affect poorer residents the most.

He said government projections – which assume a 1.99per cent council tax increase, alongside two per cent for adult social care – had forced the town hall's hand.

Under the plans, someone in a band D property would have to pay an extra £55 per year.

But Cllr Karen Garrido, Conservative councillor for Worsley, said: "We’ve had all the rhetoric but not the documentation."

The council expects to save £1.2million by bringing Urban Vision services back in-house and £8.5million from business rates and other adjustments.