The Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council is considering yet another inflation-busting increase in council tax across the Vale – this time a rise of 3.9%.
The Vale Council claims that this would represent a cash increase for 2015/17 of £41.67p in the Council Tax on a “Band D” property – but in fact most people in Penarth don’t live in “Band D” properties – and the increased charge in higher housing bands (ranging from E to I) will be considerably higher.
Even the notorious abandoned house at 11 Redlands Road which has had an enforcement order slapped on it by the Vale Council is classified as a “Band E” property – one level above the Vale Council’s benchmark “Band D” rating . Its owner could have to pay £1,685 in Council Tax in 2016/17 – plus Police Precept, plus Penarth Town Council Precept.
Anyone living in a “Band I” property in Penarth is already paying council tax of £3,096.65 a year. A hike of 3.9% would mean an increase of £120.76p a year to £3,217.41p .
Those living more modest “Band G” properties in Penarth are already paying £2,211.91 every year Council Tax . In April those householders could be paying another £86 a year taking their tax up to £2,298.17.
On top of the Vale Council Tax there will be an additional – and already-agreed – increase of 4.9% in the precept levied by Penarth Town Council. There will also be the increase of 4.0% already confirmed in the Police Precept by Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael .
The proposed council tax increase is subject to the “final settlement” the council receives from the Welsh Government being the amount currently being forecast .
The current Consumer Price Index rate of inflation is 0.3%. The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s 2016/17 increase – if approved – will be the fourth successive above-inflation increase in council tax imposed by the Labour administration since it came to power in 2012 .
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ‘cabinet’ will discuss the proposed council tax increase on Monday February 22nd and the full council will meet to consider the increase in a special meeting to be held on March 10th .