Borough council defends Council Tax rise

High Peak Borough Council has set its budget for providing essential services at £10.4m for the coming year.

A Council Tax increase of 2.9 per cent has also been agreed – setting Band D payments at £186.36 for 2018/19 which equates to a rise of ten pence per week.

Executive Councillor for Finance and Operational Services, Emily Thrane, said: “In setting the budget for the coming year the council is, as ever, extremely mindful of the need to spend every penny wisely and responsibly.

“Through prudent financial management and reviewing all areas of service delivery we are continuing to work hard to minimise the impact of this ongoing period of austerity on our front line services and ensure we can continue to provide the quality services our residents and businesses have every right to expect.”

She went on: “The decision to raise the Council Tax is not one we take lightly but the fact is that public finances remain constrained.

“I am, however, confident that the council is in a strong position.

“We have a proven track record of innovation in the delivery of our services including our alliance with our neighbouring authority Staffordshire Moorlands which continues to realise significant savings to the public purse.

“Our agreed efficiency and rationalisation programme – which keeps our contracts and assets under review so that they are working for the good of the borough – and plans to maximise opportunities to generate additional income will ensure we have resilience in the years to come.”

The borough council collects Council Tax on behalf of the county council, police and fire authorities, but only spends 11 per cent of the total.

This expenditure is used to provide services including affordable housing, waste and recycling, street cleaning, leisure centres, parks maintenance, support for local businesses, crime prevention activities, benefits services and elections.