COUNCIL taxes in Fife are to rise by five per cent.

Members of Fife Council have approved the increase at their annual budget meeting today (Thursday).

The minority Labour administration say upping the bills will bring in just over £9m and would see a £65.96 yearly rise for residents staying in a band D property.

The SNP had called for a three per cent rise – which would have resulted in bills going up by £39.58 – however the Labour proposal went through with a vote of 40 to 32.

As reported last week in the Press, Council leader David Ross believes the five per cent increase is needed to help close a yawning budget gap of more than £11.5 million.

They say their plans will also give them over £6.4m to spend on tackling problems like potholes and holiday hunger with more cash for road repairs and Cafe Inc.