Average Filton council tax bill over £2,000

March 02 2020
Average Filton council tax bill over £2,000

The combined bill means Band D households will pay a total of £2,148 in the coming year, up from £1994 this year.

Filton residents will pay an average of £154 more in council tax in 2020/21.
The final figure has been confirmed after South Gloucestershire Council approved an increase in Council Tax of 3.99 per cent.
The combined bill means Band D households will pay a total of £2,148 in the coming year, up from £1994 this year.
This represents a £15 per month increase during the 10 months when council tax is paid.
The larger than usual increase is the result of the Filton Town Council element going up by 35% - a charge of £315 compared with £225 last year.
The full bill is made up of South Glos 'basic', Filton Town Council, 'special' expenes, police authority and fire authority.
Band C residents will pay £1,909 while Band B residents will pay £1,671.
Last month councillors in Filton clashed over the 35% rise, which was force upon the council due to rising costs and falling revenue in the Filton swimming pool.
Based on figures from last year from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Filton is likely to be one of the highest charging out of more than 8,000 'normal' parishes.
Councillors are currently engaging with a consultant to investigate ways of keeping the leisure centre sustainable.
In January, accountant Derek Kemp told town councillors that since his last analysis, things had got worse with budgeted income now falling short by £102,000 and expenditure exceeding income by  £37,000.
He said that in order to have a balanced budget next year, and have cash reserves of around £70,000 (well below the recommended level), an extra £206,000 would need to be raised in precept.
He said: "I can't see any alternative. The cost of running the leisure centre next year will be £610,000."
South Gloucestershire Council will spend almost £232 million on services next year, featuring boosts to protect our climate and environment, support for vulnerable residents and local high streets, after the 2020/21 Budget was agreed at the Full Council meeting in February.
The Budget sets out how the Council will spend £231.943 million on services over the coming year, as well as exploring new initiatives to help the council rise to the challenge of the climate emergency. As well as the Revenue funding – spending on routine services and the day-to-day operation of the council – the Budget papers outline £145.116 million in Capital spending in 2020/21. Capital spending is the investment in things like roads and building projects.
The spending plans also outline how a further £219.189 million will be spent on council-run schools across the district.
Councillors approved an increase in Council Tax of 3.99 per cent. As has occurred in previous years, an element of this increase is a precept, which will be spent exclusively on meeting the growing costs and demands for social care support for our most vulnerable adult residents.
A council spokesperson said: "We are committed to prudent forward planning of our finances and the Budget papers project, based on what is known so far about the future of local authority funding, that our financial position will be balanced for the next two years, assuming the delivery of the ongoing savings and transformation plans, designed to ensure we deliver the services people need and achieve the best possible value for money. Over the next two years the council will make use of its existing reserves and generate extra income where we are able.
"While the financial situation continues to be tightly managed, a range of new spending commitments have also been agreed, including:
"£27.668 million in Capital spending on schools and to further improve school standards across South Gloucestershire, which is the council’s number one priority
"In response to the Council’s declaration of a climate emergency last year, we will seek to begin a series of initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of our services, which we will design after consultation with partners and stakeholders.
"Funding has been set aside for various areas, including an initial £1.7 million investment to directly respond to the Climate Emergency through research, improving policy, and initiating new or scaling up projects, with a further £6 million being invested over four years to support Green schools, Green Communities and Open Spaces and Green Transport."
Overall schools funding for South Gloucestershire will increase by £11.371 million in 2020/21 compared to last year. There will be significant spending increases in the High Needs Block, which is focussed on support for children with special education needs and disabilities, as well as in the general Schools Block, which provides base funding to council-run schools.
"This means that we will be able to keep working to improve specialist support for those students with additional needs, as well as delivering at least the minimum per pupil funding of £3750 for Primary and £5000 for Secondary school pupils across the district.
Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Toby Savage, said: “We are pleased to have put forward and agreed a balanced budget, which will continue to invest in and deliver the services our communities have told us are important to them.
“At the same time, we remain committed to delivering the best possible value for money, while also taking action to respond to the climate emergency and improve our local environment, which is an investment in all our futures.”