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Council Tax set as council faces more severe cuts

Most households in Chesterfield will see the amount they pay in Council Tax to Chesterfield Borough Council increase by 6p per week in the coming year.

Councillors made the decision at their meeting on Thursday 22 February where they agreed the council's budget for the coming year.

Since 2010, the council has faced a reduction of almost £6 million or 60 per cent in the amount of funding received from the Government and by 2020, this funding will cease altogether.

During 2018/19 the council has to make another £200,000 in savings.

Most homes in Chesterfield are band A properties. They will see the amount they pay to Chesterfield Borough Council increase from £103.26 to £106.59. Properties in band D will see an increase of 9p per week from £154.89 to £159.89.

Councillor Tricia Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader, said: “We take no pleasure in having to raise Council Tax but, given the level of cuts we continue to face from the Government, we have decided on a small increase, which will be 6p per week for the majority of people in Chesterfield.

“We remain committed to delivering value for money services and we will continue to provide more than 50 services to our residents for £2.05 per week and, on top of this, we will also make £200,000 in savings.”

Chesterfield Borough Council keeps only 10 per cent of the Council Tax paid by residents.

  • 74 per cent goes to Derbyshire County Council to fund services including education, adult social care, children’s services and highways
  • 11 per cent to Derbyshire Police
  • Five per cent to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue.

Residents in Brimington will also pay Council Tax to Brimington Parish Council and residents in Staveley will also pay Council Tax to Staveley Town Council.

Chesterfield Borough Council uses its funding to pay for services including bin collections, street cleaning, cemeteries and crematorium, award-winning parks and open spaces, leisure services including Queen’s Park Sports Centre and the Healthy Living Centre, regeneration, statutory services including environmental health and planning, housing, markets, theatres, museums and tourism.
The council has no control over the increases in Council Tax made by other authorities.

 


First published on 23 February 2018 Last updated on 23 February 2018