Council tax bills likely to rise by 4.99 per cent

November 24 2017

HOUSEHOLDERS in South Gloucestershire look set to pay at least 4.99 per cent more in council tax in the next financial year.

HOUSEHOLDERS in South Gloucestershire look set to pay at least 4.99 per cent more in council tax in the next financial year.

The amount includes 1.99 per cent to help cover increased costs in providing council services, with a further three per cent levied specifically for adult social care.

South Gloucestershire Council said the proposed increase would mean an annual rise of about £67.84 for a band D household - or £5.65 a month - for its portion of the council tax.

Other sums will be added on for the police and fire services, as well as town and parish council precepts.

The district’s budget and council tax will be considered by the council in February but residents and business rate payers can have their say on the proposals up to January 12.

South Gloucestershire said it expected to spend in the region of £571 million in the next financial year on areas that include refuse collection, street cleaning, planning, social care and road maintenance.

Its budget was based on an assumed central government contribution of £91.5 million towards general services and £195.6 million specifically for schools.

But it still anticipated that current annual spending would be more than its income through to 2021-22, with a predicted budget gap of £15.7 million by then.

The council said from 2011-2017 it had made cumulative savings of £63.6 million in annual spending through a range of efficiency measures, while maintaining its priority to protect frontline services from spending reductions.

It had also identified future annual savings of a further £10.5 million for the following two years, meaning work was ongoing to identify further potential savings in order to balance the books.

John Goddard, South Gloucestershire’s Cabinet member for resources, said: “We have a strong record of delivering efficient services to our community and to achieving good value for council taxpayers’ money.

“We are committed to continuing to protect the key services which residents and businesses rely upon as best we can, even as we continue to make the savings we have to in order to balance the books.