Council Tax agreed for next financial year

 

Selby District Council has set a Council Tax increase of just 10p per week for an average-sized home in the district, which enables the Council to invest in supporting future homes and business growth whilst still driving through significant savings and efficiencies.

From 1 April, the cost of the District Council’s part of the charge will be £170.22 for a Band D home - this is an increase of just £5 over the whole year.  Band D is the average sized property.

Selby District Council’s part of Council Tax amounts to around 10% of the total bill.  The rest goes to other organisations delivering public services, including North Yorkshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner.  It’s the District Council’s name at the top of the bills because the District Council is the organisation that collects the money on behalf of all those involved.

As last year, this year’s bill will include information about a precept for adult social care services in North Yorkshire.  Under arrangements put in place by the Government, the County Council is able to levy a precept specifically to provide additional funding for social care services, which accounts for more than 40 per cent of the County Council’s spending.  This money goes to help the County Council to deliver this support for older and vulnerable residents.  It’s separate to general Council Tax, which is why it’s shown as a separate part of the charge on the bill.

Councils across the country continue to face a challenging financial situation.  Up until now councils have been supported by money from central government, but this is due to be phased out over the next few years.  Selby District Council has in place plans to deliver further significant savings and efficiencies, having already saved £5m over the last 5 years.

Council Leader, Cllr Mark Crane, explained, “Our budget this year combines our priorities of making further savings, whilst at the same time investing in the things we know matter most to our district.  We want a confident district, able to attract new investment for businesses and the homes we know we need.  The District Council wants to play an active role in supporting this, which is why we’re investing in these things.

“We think it’s important to use our resources to help create jobs and growth which – ultimately – brings new opportunities for our residents and our business community.  That’s why we’ve agreed this modest increase, which is supported by ongoing savings.”