A just under two per cent increase in council tax looks set to be approved by North Yorkshire County Council.

Last week, the council’s executive agreed a budget that will lead to radical changes in services in order to bring about “unprecedented” levels of savings while at the same time maintaining front line services.

They could include the closure of some libraries not already run by communities and a further restructuring of council staff, including possible job losses.

The executive also recommended a 1.99 per cent increase in council tax – a decision on which will be made at full council on Wednesday.

A raise in council tax, following a three year freeze, would generate income of around £4.6 million. The council, which has a budget requirement of £373 million, would still need to take more than £1.3 million from its reserves.

“The sheer enormity of this budget and the challenge it sets out for us is unprecedented in the life of the county council,” said Richard Flinton, the council’s chief executive at last week’s meeting.

“We cannot address this level of saving through year-on-year piecemeal cuts. What this budget sets out is a very significant programme of change.”

There is also likely to be a review of household waste recycling centres, including possible closures or transfer to commercial operators.

Coun Carl Les, the council’s executive member for central and financial services, said the council would try to mitigate the savings on communities.