Householders face higher council tax bills after five-year freeze

February 28 2016

COUNCIL tax bills will rise by an average of 3.99 per cent in the next financial year after South Gloucestershire Council agreed a budget of £185.2 million for running its services.

COUNCIL tax bills will rise by an average of 3.99 per cent in the next financial year after South Gloucestershire Council agreed a budget of £185.2 million for running its services.
The increase comes after a five-year freeze in bills and is made up of a 1.99 per cent general increase, with a further two per cent ring fenced for adult social care.
With central Government funding cut, the council said the increase was designed to help protect its services.
It means the average charge for a band D home to cover South Gloucestershire’s portion of the bill will be £1,295.
Special expenses for some areas and precepts to cover the police, fire service, town and parish councils also have to be taken into account.
Council leader Matthew Riddle said: “The budget approved is a balance between resources available and the services we provide, which our residents and businesses rely upon.
“Where we need to make further savings, we will continue to consult with the community on potential changes.
 “Our priority remains to protect front line services, particularly those for the most vulnerable, wherever we can.
“We want to encourage everyone to take part in the consultations that are integral to those decisions so that we can fully understand the impact of the decisions we have to take.”
With significant savings still to be made, a number of consultations are now taking place via www.southglos.gov.uk/consultation