Council backs residents with Tax freeze
Warwick District Council agreed a budget that provides a range of financial measures to support residents, including a freeze on its element of the Council Tax, while still maintaining a full range of services.
The tax levied by the District Council for all households will be frozen, staying the same as last year. For example, a band D household will pay £176.86 to the District Council, which equates to just £3.40 per week.
However, Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police and many town / parish councils are increasing their tax again this year. Warwick District receives less than 9% of the Council Tax collected, so even though it’s share is frozen, residents will still see an increase in their total bill.
In a bid to provide further financial support, District Councillors approved the allocation of £200,000 to a residents’ hardship fund, and £25,000 for food banks across the district.
The Leader of Warwick District Council, Councillor Andrew Day commented:
“The pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the finances of the residents of the District as well as on the Council’s. Setting this budget has presented some tough challenges.
“I’m especially pleased that we’ve been able to provide for an excellent level of service, continue our progressive climate action programme where £500,000 was also committed to the Climate Action Fund, in addition to an investment of £140,000 into the tree planting programme. We are also maintaining our ambitious local recovery plan.
“Freezing our Council Tax is just one of a number of measures we’re taking to back our residents at this time of uncertainty.
All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright