Warwick District Council has agreed a budget which will see its element of Council Tax frozen for a second year running.
At the Full Council meeting, held on Monday 27 February, Councillors approved a range of financial support measures which included keeping the levy paid by a Band D household to the District Council at the 2021 rate of £176.86 per year and increasing the maximum reduction payable under the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme from 85% to 100%.
Warwick District Council receives less than 9% of the Council Tax collected but wants to assure residents that the freeze will not impact on the services it provides. These include waste and recycling collections, planning, business support, housing, maintaining and caring for green spaces, street cleaning, public health and safety, arts and sports provision and running elections.
Nevertheless, as Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police and many town and parish councils are increasing their tax again this year, households will still see an increase in their total bill.
The Leader of Warwick District Council, Councillor Andrew Day commented:
“Setting the budget against the backdrop of rising costs has been hugely challenging. I am therefore pleased that careful planning has allowed us to maintain our excellent service levels whilst at the same time extending our support to our most vulnerable residents, especially those on the lowest incomes.”
At the same meeting the Council agreed to allocate £52,000 towards supporting the district’s foodbanks during the next financial year.
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