Following approval at March’s Full Council, from 1st April 2021, Bassetlaw District Council is increasing its portion of Council Tax by £5 for Band D properties, which is equivalent to a 2.80% increase or 10p per week. Almost 51% of properties in Bassetlaw are in Band A, and they would see an increase of £3.33 or 6p per week.
Cllr June Evans, Cabinet Member for Finance at Bassetlaw District Council, said:
“Council Tax is an important source of income for Councils and this £5 increase had already been assumed by the Government. As such, it has already been factored into their Financial Settlement with all Councils for the coming year.
“We understand that a year of the Coronavirus Pandemic will have severely hit some of our residents’ incomes and that an increase in Council Tax will not be warmly welcomed.
“The Council has also felt the impact of the Pandemic, both physically and financially; and the combination of losses of income and increased cost has been significant.
“Without this increase in Council Tax, our budgets simply would not balance and vital services that people rely on could be put at risk. Further reductions in income and increased expenditure are likely to be on the horizon and we must plan accordingly for this.
“Since the start of the reduction in public sector spending in 2010/11 the District Council has seen the cumulative effect of its Revenue Grant reductions for service investment and the local economy grow to a level of £49,600,000 in cuts over the last decade.
This is equivalent to £422.23 lost to Bassetlaw for every man, woman and child in the district.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, April 27, 2021