Council tax frozen but Filton bills will still rise

Published on: 21 Mar 2014

by Rebecca Day
Council tax in South Gloucestershire is to be frozen for a fourth consecutive year.
However Filton households will receive slightly higher bills after the town council raised its precept by 8.5 per cent ahead of projected losses  of £20,000 at the Ratepayers’ Arms.
Band D properties in Filton will now be paying £189.38 on top of the unchanged South Gloucestershire council tax of £1,245.20.
This represents a rise of £14.90 per year for each household, or £1.49 for each of the ten months when payments are collected by direct debit.
A budget of £190.7 million has been set by South Gloucestershire for 2014/15.
A further freeze is also planned for 2015/16, followed by a two per cent increase in 2016/17.
The freeze has come after “positive progress” with the council’s savings programme, which will deliver £43 million
by 2014/15. The council also aims to deliver an additional £36 million by 2019/20 through the programme.
The cost of the freeze will
also be partially balanced by a one per cent government grant.
The budget was finalised following extensive consultation with residents. Respondents were asked to consider which services the council should prioritise in the coming years, with care for older people identified as the highest-priority.
A household council tax bill is made up of numerous “precepting authorities”, including town and parish councils, police and fire authority, as well as South Gloucestershire Council.
Further information on the revenue budget is available online at www.southglos.gov.uk/budget.
Cllr John Calway (Con, Longwell Green), leader of the Conservative group on the politically ‘hung’ council, said: “I’m delighted that the council has agreed to Conservative demands to freeze its part of the council tax bill for the fourth year in a row because this will save the average local household £350 over the four years.”
Labour Group Leader Councillor Andy Perkins said: “With the Council adopting many of our budget priorities, we have played a leading role in protecting key services such as libraries and public toilets.”

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