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Royal Borough council tax bills to go up by nearly four per cent

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Royal Borough council tax bills to go up by nearly four per cent

Cllr MJ Saunders (centre) outlining the proposed increase at a press briefing this morning.

Council tax bills are set to rise almost four percent in 2017/18, the Royal Borough announced today.

The council plans to raise its core council tax by 0.95 per cent, along with a three per cent increase for the adult social care levy.

This means that a Band D property will pay a total of £961.46 — made up of core council tax of £915.57 and an adult social care levy of £45.89.

Cllr MJ Saunders (Con, Cookham), cabinet member for finance, said: "The major key message of this budget is namely the important need to prioritise increasing needs for vulnerable residents."

He said issues including adult social care, the early years pupil premium and the needs for safeguarding children and supporting children with special needs were areas where there is 'an awful lot spoken about and this budget seeks to prioritise the way real money is allocated to those agendas'.

Cllr David Coppinger (Con, Bray) and cabinet member for adult services said he needed an additional £1million to meet needs of adult social care. He said: “It is very important for every single one of our residents that we do get this right.

“We’re part of much bigger economy now, the biggest issue I’ve got is that our residents are getting older. I’m quite delighted with that myself but it brings with it problems, their medical needs increase, they need help and assistance and we have to have the services to meet their needs.

“The biggest area where I need more money is to pay for increased number of people and their needs.”

Last year the core council tax was frozen but an adult social care levy was introduced at £18, taking the total for a Band D property to £924.95. This was the first increase in total council tax bills for six years.

The proposed increase will be discussed at cabinet on Thursday, February 9, and the final budget decision will be made by the council on Tuesday, February 21.

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  • Welshdragon

    08:08, 21 January 2017

    Care should be means tested. This will ensure that the people in higher earnings contribute fairly.

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  • DerekRSmith

    08:08, 17 January 2017

    Nobody likes to see their costs increase but we need to seriously address the problem of Social Care. Respecting our older generation and looking after them with dignity and respect is a reflection of a civilised society so having to pay a little more for this gets my vote.

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  • floboo

    19:07, 16 January 2017

    Well if the council tax hadn't been minimal increases or none at all for several years there wouldn't be a need for such a rise. They'll be a few more like this year on year, one of which will be to pay for new staff and equipment to be bought back in house when they realise outsourcing doesn't work

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