Council Tax ‘rise necessary’ budget meeting told

Council Tax bills are set to soar by almost five per cent following Derbyshire County Council’s annual Budget setting meeting.

There may be even more rises on the way.

High Peak Borough Council holds its Budget meeting on Tuesday. Then there’s the policing tax to come.

The county council’s spending over the next financial year has been set at £503.2m which will generate an extra £15m.

All of which means raising DCC’s portion of the Council Tax by 4.99 per cent.

County council leader Cllr Barry Lewis (pictured) said: “We’re confident the budget that has been agreed is strong, fair and balanced and most importantly, we’ll be able to continue to provide high quality, efficient, value for money services.

“While we do not relish raising council tax, we have a duty to meet our obligations to the people of Derbyshire, and with careful planning, we aim to be in a position to freeze council tax from 2020/21 for two years.

“This year’s rise is necessary and will fund essential services which we know are priorities for our residents, like looking after older and vulnerable people, children and young people, as well as maintaining the county’s roads.”

The council has approved:

  • A two per cent adult social care precept to generate £5.9m
  • One per cent to support vital services under pressure, to be targeted towards children’s services, generating £3m.
  • And a savings target of £12m for 2018-19.

The council tax rise is an increase of £47.03 a year or 90p a week for an average band B property.

The extra two per cent for adult social care will be spent on areas including services to help older and vulnerable people live safely and well, supporting hospital discharges, and community and voluntary groups.

Cllr Lewis added: “We can achieve a lot with the budget we have for the year ahead and we are constantly looking at different and more efficient ways of working.

“There will be challenges and difficult decisions ahead, but Derbyshire residents can rest assured that we will continue to work hard to ensure every penny we have is spent wisely.”