Suffolk Coastal has pegged its increase in Council Tax to less than a fiver for the second year running.
At its Full Council meeting on Thursday, 22 February 2018, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Members voted unanimously to set the increase in its portion of the Council Tax for the coming financial year at 3.15%.
In real money, this equates to a rise of less than £5 in Council Tax for people living in a Band D property during 2018/19.
In fact, the annual increase in Council Tax on a Band D property for next financial year, from £157.32 to £162.27, is a rise of just £4.95 (or by less than 10p a week!), which is the same as 2017/18.
But the Council remains committed to investing in the future prosperity of the District, as Suffolk Coastal’s Leader, Cllr Ray Herring, explained:.
“Our financial situation is sound, because of the tough decisions we’ve made over the last decade to streamline our operation and become more efficient,” said Cllr Herring.
“But there is no room to be complacent. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding local authority funding from Government in the future.
“This means we need to become increasingly financially self-sufficient, if we are to maintain our frontline services at their current level. We need to make more money from our existing resources, rather than relying on central Government funding.”
“This year marks a decade of successful partnership working with our colleagues in Waveney, dating back to when we were among the first councils in the country to appoint a joint Chief Executive.”
“This partnership has created £22.5m in combined savings since 2008 – an amazing achievement when each council only has a £12million annual budget (2017/18 figures). The councils have also nearly halved their joint workforce, from 1,353 on 1 April 2008 to 733 on 1 April 2017.”
“We will continue to review our services and adopt a more commercial approach. We are confident we can deliver quality services, while continuing to make efficiency savings and investing in the future.”
Although Suffolk Coastal collects the Council Tax (on behalf of Suffolk Coastal, the County Council, Police and Town/Parish Councils), only about 10p in the pound goes towards providing our district council services.