COUNCIL tax in North Ayrshire will rise by 4.79 per cent following a vote at Cunninghame House this afternoon. 

Labour Cllr and Leader of North Ayrshire Council, Joe Cullinane, proposed his budget with both the SNP and Conservative Groups putting forward amendments. 

The SNP proposed an increase of 3.7 per cent with savings being found from the Community Investment Fund and reduction of additional funding to the Health and Social Care Partnership. 

North Ayrshire's Conservatives proposed a 3 per cent increase whilst looking to cut the same Community Investment Fund, removing funding for teaching posts in primary and secondary schools and to suspend recruitment to the council's Modern Apprentice Scheme. 

Following a vote, Labour defeated the SNP's amendment by 11 votes to nine with Kilbirnie and Beith Independent Councillor Donald Reid voting with Labour. 

Their motion carried forward to face the Conservative's amendment and the SNP and Labour voted together to defeat that by 20 votes to six. 

For full details on the council's budget for the next year, see next week's Herald.