Figures show rise in Council Tax bill despite cuts

17:43 07 March 2014

Council Tax bill to rise by at least £25 a year for Band D homes.

Council Tax bill to rise by at least £25 a year for Band D homes.

Archant

Council Tax bills are going up at least £25 a year for Band D homes, despite widespread cuts to services.

Cambridgeshire County Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority and Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner will all spend less in 2014/15.

Members of HDC agreed to freeze its charges at a full council meeting on Wednesday (February 26), the final authority to decide its fees.

Its portion of the overall cost, just under nine per cent of the Council Tax total, will remain at £133.18 for Band D households.

By not raising its rates, HDC will receive a reward grant from central government, equivalent to a one per cent rise. Government funding for HDC dropped by 24 per cent in 2014/15, compared to 2013/14, forcing the authority to make cuts. It estimates it will save £1.6million this financial year, but warns further savings will be necessary.

Councillor Jonathan Gray, cabinet member for resources, said: “Given the uncertainties in the economy and the reductions in central government funding, we have continued to manage the budget robustly and, although further work is to be done, we have made good progress in identifying savings.”

Payments to the county council will rise by nearly £22 a year for Band D homes. The fire authority’s section of the bill will stay the same, £64.26 a year for Band Ds, while the police will receive an extra £3.50 a year. Overall, Band D charges are up to £1,500,82, excluding parish and town precepts.

0 comments

More news stories

Magistrates court

A 36-year-old man who was found in possession of drugs at a music festival in Abbots Ripton last year has been handed a fine by magistrates.

Tracy Brogan, headteacher of Ernulf Academy

The latest Ofsted report for Ernulf Academy in St Neots has rated the school as still requiring improvement in all areas but says “inadequate teaching has been eradicated”.

08:00
The former Level 2 nightclub

A former nightclub which was forced to close almost five years ago following a spate of violence has been put back on the market by Huntingdonshire District Council.

Yesterday, 14:48
Police are appealing for information following a theft in Waitrose, Huntingdon

Cambridgeshire police has released CCTV of woman it would like to speak to following the theft of hundreds of pounds worth toiletries from a Huntingdon supermarket.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up