Council tax bills will go up almost 5% in Newcastle next year, with civic centre bosses set to slash £40 million from their budgets by 2023.

Newcastle City Council has unveiled another swingeing round of cuts – with social care services again bearing the brunt.

Adult social care services in the city, which support the elderly, disabled, people with mental health conditions and many more, will see their funding slashed by £13.2 million in the next two years.

Children’s services face £6.4 million cuts, parking and bin collection charges are among a series of local authority fees that will be increased, and 15 jobs will be lost.

That rise, which is just short of the maximum 5% permitted by the Government next year without councils needing to hold a referendum on it, will equate to annual increases of between £56 and £169 depending on your home’s council tax band.

Some adults who receive care services from the council could also face new charges of £5 per week to pay for their support to be arranged from April 2021.

The council says it also plans to increase charges for parking, pest control, bulky and garden waste collections, and for the digital streaming of funeral services.

The city’s libraries are also set to come under review – though council documents do not yet state plans to close any sites, saying the authority is committed to “maintaining a citywide library network and preserving the City Library”.

The devastating impact of Covid-19 has cost the Labour-run council £60 million through a combination of the unexpected costs of responding to the pandemic, an inability to make pre-planned budget savings, and loss of income from things like parking charges and business rates.

Civic centre finance chiefs have already had to make £32 million of emergency budget cuts this year, imposing a recruitment freeze and ceasing all “non-essential” spending on council property in September, with only £28.8 million of its losses being covered by the Government.

Council leader Nick Forbes slammed ministers for backtracking on a promise to do “whatever it takes” to support cash-strapped local councils through the Covid crisis and said that “working people will have to carry the can for its incompetence, and the billions of pounds of waste and mismanagement they have presided over”.

Coun Forbes added: “Newcastle has lost £305 million since 2010 or £2,270 per household, and coronavirus has cost councils across the country over £11 billion this year alone.

"The Government has so far refunded less than half of that. They have done nothing to fundamentally change the fact that councils will be forced to make severe cuts in 2021 to balance their books.

“There is yet again an assumption from Government that councils will increase council tax and make full use of the adult social care precept.

"We are faced with the difficult choice to increase council tax and use the 3% adult social care precept increase to help towards the rising cost of caring for older people and some of the most vulnerable in Newcastle.

“Nevertheless, we remain confident that we can improve services, facilities and the environment. Our proposals maintain commitments to upgrade play parks and push forward with our ambitious climate change initiatives through the Net Zero Action Plan.

"Our vision for a Net Zero city by 2030 is the foundation for our economic vision to Build Forward Better - doing our best to both protect current jobs and create new ones at pace.”

The council says it will also need to use one-off temporary funding, including reserves, to balance its budget.

The authority's Lib Dem opposition claimed the budget would have a damaging impact on the city's most vulnerable.

Coun Colin Ferguson, opposition spokesperson for resources, said: "As always, the documents we're presented with are less a detailed budget and more a political positioning piece, which will no doubt leave many residents struggling to understand how substantial hikes in council tax are going to lead to reduced services.

"The council claims to have put the most vulnerable first, but this seems to mean first in line for cuts: from slashing the Free School Meals subsidy, through cutting £2.5m from the budget for supported housing for people with a learning disability, to axeing staff in Public Safety and Regulation, it will be the most vulnerable in our communities who will be hit by a double whammy of the economic devastation of Covid-19 and the political choices of this administration.

"By hiking council tax by as much as they're allowed to, they're only enhancing the impact that this regressive tax will have on those least able to pay."

Residents can have their say on the budget proposals until January 17 at letstalknewcastle.co.uk, with the final plans being confirmed next March.