Monday, 19 January 2015

County Council proposes 1.99% Council Tax rise in 2015/16

Leicestershire County Council’s ruling Conservative cabinet has proposed a 1.99 per cent Council Tax rise next year.

On 14th January cabinet proposed the one-year move, as it reviewed its plans to save £120 million per year by 2018/19.

The proposal for a 1.99 per cent rise in 2015/16 would raise £4.8 million. At this stage, it is also proposed to have a 1.5 per cent rise in the three years 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19, subject to the next Government’s funding settlement.

County Councillor for Whitwick, Leon Spence, has hit out at central government 'We know that there is a cost of living crisis for many families in our area. Bills are going up but wages simply are not keeping pace.

'For the Tories to propose a 1.99 per cent rise is a recognition that government cuts are biting to the bone and essential services are at risk of failing.

'The sad truth is that the Conservative-lead government's cuts agenda of managed deterioration will mean taxpayers are expected to pay more but get less year on year on year.'

If the full council backs a 1.99 per cent Council Tax rise, it would take the county council’s share of band D bills up by £21.15 to £1,084.15 – or an extra 41p per week.

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