Unexpected tax rises hit village householders

131217 file pic - Scarborough Borough Council 2013/14 council tax bill, outside Scarborough Town Hall. Photo by Andrew Higgins    19/03/2013
131217 file pic - Scarborough Borough Council 2013/14 council tax bill, outside Scarborough Town Hall. Photo by Andrew Higgins 19/03/2013
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As council tax bills land through letter boxes across the borough some envelopes have revealed an unexpected rise for residents.

In light of touch economic times Scarborough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, and the county’s Fire and Rescue and Police services all vowed to freeze their precept.

However some residents have still seen an increase in their annual bill as parish councils up their income.

The worst offender in the borough is Barnby, Ellerby and Mickleby parish, near Whitby, which increased its precept by 62.8 per cent.

In Scarborough the highest rise came in Irton, where a 22.1 per cent increase saw a Band D property’s tax go from £34.65 to £42.30. Dawn Naylor, clerk at Irton Parish Council said: “Although the percentage sounds high we only deal with small figures so it doesn’t amount to much for households.

“If we hadn’t have raised it we would have been around £410 in arrears. The extras is training for the councillors and clerk, and the cost of grass cutting has also increased.”

However not all parishes introduced increases. Some froze their precept, while others even lowered it. The biggest drop was at Sneaton, where tax fell by 5.8 per cent. In Scarborough, Eastfield introduced the largest tax cut, with Band D properties paying £43.74 instead of £45.99 - a drop of 5 per cent.

Cllr Brian Simpson, chairman of Eastfield parish council, said: “As a council we felt it important not to put a burden on the tax payer, and that we do have a duty to cut our costs.”

The top ten increases

62.8% at Barnby, Ellerby & Mickleby, 22.1% at Irton, 19.5% at Reighton, 19% at East Ayton,

13.4% at Borrowby, Roxby,

Newton & Mulgrave, 11.7% at Glaisdale, 11.4% at Wykeham, 9.5% at Filey, 9.4% at Cloughton,

9% at Newby

The parishes that lowered tax

-5.8% by Sneaton, -5% by Aislaby, -5% by Eastfield, -2.5% by Grosmont, -1.3% by Fylingdales,

-1.2% by Egton, -0.7% by Goathland.

The parishes that froze tax

Danby, Hinderwell, Whitby Hutton Mulgrave & Ugthorpe, Lythe, Newholm Cum Dunsley, Osgodby, Seamer, Staintondale.