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20 JAN

Council agree tax increase

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Cheadle Town Council has finalised its precept rate for the 2022/23 financial year ahead of it being submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) where council tax will be determined. Pre-Christmas, the town council initially aimed to raise the precept by 4.5 per cent in line with what inflation was forecasted to be ahead of April.

Cheadle Town Council has finalised its precept rate for the 2022/23 financial year ahead of it being submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) where council tax will be determined.

Pre-Christmas, the town council initially aimed to raise the precept by 4.5 per cent in line with what inflation was forecasted to be ahead of April.

This changed to five per cent at the turn of the year, some experts having predicted inflation to rise to six per cent at the start of the year.

However, Cheadle Town Council have now set the precept increase to 5.06 per cent, finalising this figure after discussions at a town council meeting on Monday (January 17).

For those in Band D properties, it would mean a £3.87 annum rise – or 32p a month.

Last year, the council opted against any precept rise in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The town council only receives just over five per cent of what residents pay in council tax.

For example, if a Band D property was required to pay £1,400 in council tax for the year, Cheadle Town Council only receives £80 of that.

The rest is distributed between the fire service, police, SMDC, and also Staffordshire County Council.

Early initial discussions at Cheadle Town Council had ended with the draft precept figure at 5.94 per cent.

But councillors have decided to merge this year’s Party in the Park with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which are set to take place between the weekend of June 2 and 5, meaning they were able to bring the precept increase down.

Each event was due to be held separately with a combined £10,000 originally allocated for the occasions.

But, instead of cancelling Party in the Park, the council has decided to merge both into one event and cut costs down to £7,500.

A spokesperson for Cheadle Town Council told the Times & Echo: “Council thought that this was a reasonable increase given the fact that it has this year provided a Community Reassurance programme on Tean Road Recreation Field and it has given more out in grants this year than it did last year, so its tried to support organisations that have been affected financially by Covid.

“Given the fact that council didn’t increase it at all last year, councillors thought that it was a reasonable increase based on inflation bearing in mind the additional grants it’s given out and the additional facilities we have put in place.”

The spokesperson added that the increase will ultimately probably be under inflation but nevertheless would still be around the rate.

In regards to the joint Jubilee and Party in the Park celebrations, they added: “Council decided that the organisation of the event should start in haste and Cheadle Town Mayor Sue Walley has already called a cross party meeting involving other partners in the town to put those celebrations together.”

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