Council Tax is frozen
25th February 2015
Despite a freeze in Council Tax for the coming year, Three Rivers’ key frontline services and facilities are protected, it was announced last night (Tuesday 24 February).
Speaking at Full Council, District Council lead member for resources and shared services, Cllr Matthew Bedford, said:
“It’s a ‘steady as she goes’ budget. We have used the government funding available for those councils which freeze their Council Tax. It is only fair to residents at a time of low inflation.
“It means Council Tax will continue to be lower than it was in 2006 while protecting frontline services. This is the result of a decade of efficiency and effectiveness by the Council. Not many local authorities, or goods and service providers, can say they charge less than they did 10 years ago. “
Frontline services and facilities which are protected include:
- Recycling services
- Street cleaning
- Council-funded PCSOs
- Protecting the Green Belt
- Woodland conservation
- Free shopper parking
- Parks provision
- Leisure facilities for all ages.
The Council has experienced cuts in national government grant funding but it has also gained revenue through retaining 50% of Business Rates and the increased Council Tax revenue arising from new homes being built in the area.
The Council has saved over £3.5M in efficiency gains since 2005/6. The fractional average reduction of 0.11% for the 2015/16 Council Tax agreed on Tuesday is effectively a freeze. The average saving on the Three Rivers component of Council Tax for 2015/16 compared to this year is 17 pence. The average Band D Three Rivers component of the Council Tax for 2015/16 will be £154.05 (the same component was £156.63 for the year 2006/7).
The average Band D Council Tax for the District Council and the Parishes are:
Abbots Langley £198.10
Croxley Green £198.71
Watford Rural £194.92
The 2015/16 average Band D Council Tax charge, including Hertfordshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner will be £1,485.96
Three Rivers District Council receives 10p in the pound from the Council Tax collected. The remainder funds the work of Hertfordshire County Council, the Parish Councils and the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Government is providing additional grant funding to local authorities which freeze their Council Tax. For Three Rivers District Council the additional grant will be £56,000.
Further cuts in the government’s grant funding for local authorities are expected for the next two years.
Hertfordshire County Council has announced a 1.99% increase in Council Tax for the coming year.
The Police and Crime Commissioner plans to freeze the Police component of the Council Tax. Information about the Police and Crime Commissioner is available here www.hertscommissioner.org/
More information about the District Council and Council Tax is available here...