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Council Tax set despite continuing severe budget cuts

Chesterfield Borough Council’s portion of Council Tax bills is to increase by 6p a week for most tax payers.

Councillors approved the move as figures show that the council has received a 54.2 per cent cut in central Government funding since 2010/11.

During 2017/18 the council has to make another £209,000 of reductions, which bring the total amount of cuts since 2010/11 to £5.186 million.

Most households in the Chesterfield borough are in a band A property, which will see bills change from £99.93 to £103.26 a year. Properties in band D will see a 9p a week increase, with bills rising from £149.89 to £154.89.

For this, the council provides a range of more than 50 services from rubbish collection through to parks and open spaces, and from street cleaning to sports centres.

Councillor John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “We’re doing everything we can to avoid cuts to services. We are transforming the way we run services to make them more efficient and generating more income to help plug some of the central Government funding gaps.

“But the reality is that our funding has been cut by more than half and we cannot balance our books this year without an increase in Council Tax.

“When we ran a public consultation event with residents in January and set out the detail and implications of these cuts the clear view of local people attending was that the council had little option but to increase Council Tax.

“It’s not a decision anyone at the council wants to make and we will continue to do everything possible to reduce the impact on services. But no organisation can have its funding cut by more than half without it having some impact.”

Even with this level of cuts, the council has set a budget which enables the authority to continue to deliver on its vision of ‘putting our communities first’ and its priorities to:

  • Make Chesterfield a thriving borough
  • Improve the quality of life for local people
  • Provide value for money services.

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

Derbyshire County Council receives 74 per cent to pay for services including education, adult care, children and young adults care, and roads. Derbyshire Police receives 11 per cent and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue receives five per cent to run their services.

Residents in Staveley and Brimington also pay for services provided by their town and parish councils.

First published on 24 February 2017 Last updated on 07 July 2017