Householders face 4.99 per cent council tax rise

February 28 2017

COUNCIL tax in South Gloucestershire is about to go up by 4.99 per cent after the district’s budget was set for the new financial year.

COUNCIL tax in South Gloucestershire is about to go up by 4.99 per cent after the district’s budget was set for the new financial year.

The figure comprises a 1.99 per cent general increase and a further three per cent to cover the increasing costs of adult social care.

South Gloucestershire Council has set a revenue budget of £193.25 million for 2017-18 to cover the cost of the day-to-day running of services, with £213 million agreed for capital investment.

Some £25 million will be spent over the next three years on roads, including resurfacing and tackling potholes, with £8 million allocated over ten years to upgrade street lighting.

Councillors also agreed £50,000 for a litter “hit squad” and a similar sum for combating anti-social behaviour.

It said the increase in council tax was designed to help protect council services as funding from central government had been reduced. 

Householders will now be faced with an average charge for a band-D property of £1,359.62 for the council element of their bill - before precepts for the police, fire service, town and parish councils and, in some areas, special expenses, are added.

Council leader Matthew Riddle said: “While finances remain tight and we continue to look for ways to do everything we can as efficiently as we can, I am pleased that we are also able to invest and build for the future, particularly in school and transport infrastructure projects.”

He said the council had taken advantage of the Government’s policy to allow an extra precept to be raised to help meet the demands of older people’s care, where wage costs and the complexity of individual’s needs were increasing.

In the six years to the end of 2016-17, the council will have cut annual spending by more than £63 million.

 It anticipates further reductions and has provisionally identified £14 million in extra savings to be made by 2019-20.

But another £15 million is expected to need cutting over the same period in order to balance the books.