Inflation-Busting Council Tax Rise
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The Hampshire part of our council tax is set to rise by 3.99% for this coming year – the maximum amount permissible.
It means that we’ll be paying an extra £41.40 a year for the county’s share of the bill for a ‘Band D’ property – with half of it going on adult social care.
The Authority has described it as “a budget for difficult times” and points out that it’s the first rise in six years. It will be backed by greater use of the Authority’s reserves (£45m). The Authority also claims the majority of people responding to the County Council’s public consultation in the summer pledged support for the financial strategy.
Council Tax Rise – ‘Careful Stewardship’
Leader Roy Perry insists that everyone in Hampshire will continue to receive some of the best public services in the country: “In my view, this is thanks to the County Council’s careful stewardship of public resources over many years.
“In October last year we agreed plans to deliver £98m savings by April 2017. A further demand from Government meant that increased to £113m, with the extra £15 having to be met from our reserves. In addition, a further £140m of savings will be required by 2019/20.”
The Full Council meeting backed the plans on 18 February.