Consultation over possible £60 rise in council tax
SOUTH Gloucestershire council is asking people to have their say on its budget and council tax for next year.
The council expects to spend around £632 million in the next financial year on areas including schools, refuse collection, street cleaning and social care.
It says band D households are likely to face a £59.22 increase in annual bills for its services, made up of a 1.99 per cent increase for its regular services plus an extra 2 per cent adult social care precept announced by the government to meet the ever-growing demand for these services.
The council says it had been expecting a 3.27 per cent fall in resources but the latest Government Spending Round actually provides a 6.8 per cent increase in available funding for the 2020/21 financial year.
The council says that, despite the increase in funding this year it will need to make further cuts of just under £12m over the next four years "to keep pace with increasing cost pressures".
Announcing its latest consultation, a spokesperson said: "Until we have certainty about potential further funding increases in the future, we have to treat those announced this year as one-off, if we are to responsibly balance our books."
Council cabinet member for resources Ben Burton said: “In the face of continually increasing demand for the services needed by the most vulnerable in our society, the young and the old, we need to balance delivering those services and ensuring we get value for every pound we spend, with balancing the books. And that is why each year we ask residents to let us know about their views and priorities as we plan for the future.”
People can have their say by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, taking part in a survey on the council website, calling 01454 868154 or writing to Freepost RTXL-YJXJ-BXEX, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Badminton Road, Bristol, BS37 5AF.
The consultation closes on January 5 next year and the results will be considered at a council meeting on February 12.