Council tax payers facing hike in payments

Council tax payers in Scarborough are facing a hike in their bills under plans announced by North Yorkshire County Council.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 26th January 2017, 1:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th January 2017, 1:42 pm
Council tax
Council tax

Members are set to vote on a recommendation to increase general council tax next year by 1.99% along with a 2% social care precept.

The Council’s financial strategy is based on a similar 3.99% increase each year up to 2020 in order to prioritise frontline services.

The cost to the average band D household will be an additional £45.64 per year (£3.80 per month or 88p per week).

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The government has offered Councils the chance to front-load this year and next by increasing the social care precept by 3% in each of the next two years.

The Executive, however, looks set to raise the social care precept by 2% in each of the next three years to balance the need for funding of critical services, including adult social care, with affordability for the local taxpayer.

“We are aware of the pressure on people’s finances” said Cllr Carl Les, North Yorkshire’s Leader. “Many families are already struggling to make ends meet and we feel we cannot add significantly to their burden.”

The council remains concerned about the increasing pressures it faces, not least in adult social care and will continue to push for a fairer government funding deal given the current low levels of funding; the higher numbers of older people; and the higher costs of delivering in a large rural county.

Scarborough Council is set to increase its share by 2.31%, or £5 per year for a band D property. The borough council makes up 13% of the precept, compared to 68% for the county council.

Police, fire and parish councils make up the remaining amount.