Posted by: Laura Hammond
Mon 30th January 2023
Derbyshire County Council is proposing to increase council tax by 3.75 per cent for 2023/24.
The proposed increase would support adult social care costs (1.25 per cent) and general council expenditure (2.5 per cent).
The proposed increase will be considered by the council’s cabinet at a meeting on Thursday (February 2), when it will make its budget recommendations.
The increase would then need to be considered – and potentially approved – by a meeting of the full council on February 15.
If the proposed increase is approved, it would see an average band B household pay an extra 80p per week or £41.55 per year. For an band D household, the increase would be £1.03 per week or £53.42 per year.
Councillor Barry Lewis, leader of Derbyshire County Council, explained: “Setting the council tax is never easy, and we fully acknowledge that any rise in household bills will not be welcomed during these challenging times, but we must raise funds to meet the costs of providing vital services that people rely on, so we must strike a balance.
“The proposed 3.75 per cent rise is expected to be the lowest in the East Midlands and among the lowest in the country, and we have worked hard to keep it as low as possible and not pass the rising costs in their entirety on to our residents.
“If agreed, a portion of the council tax will go directly to fund our adult social care home service and our home care workers. It’s essential we retain these valuable staff and ensure they can get on with their jobs, working hard to get people out of hospital and into further care or back home.”
You can read the full update on the proposal to increase council tax from Derbyshire County Council here.
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