Have your say on South Glos council tax for 2018/2019

Published on: 20 Dec 2017

Filton residents, council tax and business rate payers are being invited to have their say on South Glos Council’s budget and council tax for 2018/19.

The council provides a wide range of services and expects to spend in the region of £571m in the next financial year on areas including refuse collection, street cleaning, planning, social care and road maintenance. This budget is based on an assumed central Government contribution of £91.5m towards general services and £195.6m specifically for schools.

While the outline budget at this stage is based on a series of assumptions about central government funding, each year the public are invited to comment on the council’s priorities and council tax levels for the coming year.

The council is proposing to repeat last year’s council tax increase of 1.99% to help cover increased costs in providing services.

It is also proposed to levy the additional 3% adult social care precept, the money raised from which will go directly to providing support to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

These increases were included in the forward plan outlined in last year’s budget, which was designed to allow the council to better plan for the future by having a clearer idea of funding levels year on year.

It is anticipated that these changes will mean an increase of approximately £67.84 per year in overall council tax bills (or equivalent to £5.65 per month) for a band D household.

Despite increases in previous years, the council still anticipate that current annual spending will be more than our income through to 2021/22. This means that further tough decisions will be needed in the coming years.

From 2011-17 South Glos has realised cumulative savings of £63.6m in annual spending through a range of efficiency measures.

Wherever possible, this has been done with a priority to protect frontline services from spending reductions while delivering better value for money to residents.

South Gloucestershire Council Cabinet Member for Resources, Councillor John Goddard, said: “All of our council tax and business rate payers have a stake in these proposals and so I want to encourage everyone to take part in this consultation process."

People can share their views in the following ways:

  • Emailing: consultation@southglos.gov.uk
  • Completing a consultation survey (available to complete online or download from the council website
  • Writing to: Freepost  RTXL-YJXJ-BXEX, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Budget 2017, Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
  • Telephoning: 01454 868154

The consultation closes on January 12, 2018 and the results will be considered by full Council in February 2018.

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