The Council Tax Budget for 2013/14
Details have been released of the Cabinets proposals for the Council Tax and the council’s draft budget for 2013/14. It is set by the Cabinet, but it is approved by the full membership of the council. To remind you, last years Council Tax was set without any increase.
This year, the Council Tax has been recommended for a 1.97% increase. That is 42p per week, or £21.84 per year on a Band C dwelling. Any rise tends to be met with uproar from many corners of the electorate. But does the council have much choice after receiving more cuts in the formula grant from the Government? This time, at least £18 million. That is on top of the previous years reductions.
Furthermore, the report is also recommending a 5% increase for the 2014/15 period and 1.97% increase for 2016/17. These increase will have to be approved by the new council and administration, and the 5% increase would be subject to a referendum.
These details are just the headline figures, as I have not had chance to study the draft budget in full. But I would be interested to hear in what you had to say before I have to vote for this, or any other recommendation put forward in early Feb.