Council tax freeze for householders – but expect a rise next year

March 01 2015

HOUSEHOLDERS in South Gloucestershire have had their council tax frozen for a fith successive year.

HOUSEHOLDERS in South Gloucestershire have had their council tax frozen for a fith successive year.
A budget of £184.3 million was set by South Gloucestershire Council for the 2015-16 financial year, with the average tax for a band D property remaining at just over £1,245.
But the total bill for some residents will be higher, depending on the inclusion of special expenses and parish precepts.
Families have also been given notice of a planned two per cent increase in the South Gloucestershire Council element of the tax in 2016-17 and following years.
The council said making savings and a one per cent central Government grant was behind the freeze. Some 1,500 residents also took part in a consultation exercise.
The council aims to make a further £36 million of savings by 2019-20, on top of the £43 million saved so far.