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Council tax hike for residents in market town

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7 MAR

Council tax hike for residents in market town

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

COUNCIL tax is set to rise for families in Cheadle and the wider Moorlands. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has set its budget for providing essential services at £9.8m for the coming year. A council tax increase of 2.9 per cent has also been agreed – setting Band D payments at £150.54 for 2019/20.

The rise in the portion of the council tax bill which will go to SMDC equates to a rise of £4.24 over the year or eight pence per week.

Council leader, Sybil Ralphs, said: “In setting the budget we have been, as always, extremely mindful of the need to ensure we use these public funds responsibly to provide the key services that our residents have every right to expect.

“Council tax contributes around half of the council’s overall budget and we have aimed to keep any increase as low as we can whilst still delivering essential, high quality services.

“We have done a significant amount of work to make sure our services are efficient and deliver value for money.

“For example, our alliance partnership with High Peak Borough Council has yielded savings of £12m over the last 10 years as a result of our shared approach to staffing structures and procurement opportunities.

“We’ve also transformed how services are delivered and made it easier to contact us by providing more and more of our services digitally and we’ll continue to keep services under review to identify further opportunities to improve efficiency and save money.”

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council collects council tax on behalf of Staffordshire County Council as well as parish and town councils and the Police and Fire Authorities.

However, SMDC only spends 10 per cent of the total.

This expenditure is used to provide services including affordable housing, waste and recycling, street cleaning, leisure centres, parks maintenance, support for local businesses, crime prevention activities, benefits services and elections.

The portion of council tax collected for Staffordshire County Council is also set to rise, with an increase of 2.95 per cent this year, which is just under 10p per day more for a Band D property and still the third lowest county council tax in the country.

The move was announced last month after the council took early steps to tackle a £35million shortfall.

Leader of the county council, Philip Atkins, said at the time: “By taking early, decisive action we are now in a position, not only to deliver a balanced budget for 2019/20, but also have put in place a robust financial plan for the next five years.

We have been honest with residents about the scale of the challenge and the difficult decisions we have made and will continue to face.

“We have listened too about their concerns and responded where possible including: continuing to fund the school crossings patrol service, keeping all-day concessionary travel for disabled people and providing funding transition for the community and voluntary sector.

“We successfully secured one-off funding from Government for highways and social care to help ease immediate pressures, but we have made it clear that a long-term national solution for funding care must be urgently addressed and we will continue to work with our MPs to press the Government on this.

“While councils can no longer do or fund everything we would like to, we remain focused on supporting communities to find their own local alternative and affordable options to help themselves, their families, their friends and their neighbours even more.”

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