There isn’t any inflation to speak of in the UK economy – but that hasn’t stopped the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council planning to jack-up its Council Tax rates by a massive 3.9% for the year 2015-16 – and that’s just for a “Band D property”.
On Monday the seven-member ‘cabinet’ that runs the Vale Council is to discuss a document called “Final Proposals for the Revenue Budget” for 2015/16 before going through the motions of having them approved by the full council.
That document reveals that this Vale Council inner-circle is planning to impose yet another set of swingeing tax-increases on local council-tax payers.
Below are the amounts the Vale Council plans to charge for 2015/16 and do not include the increased South Wales Police Precept (going up by 5% ) and the increased Penarth Town Council Precept (going up by 11% ) .
Property Band Council Tax payable for 2015/16
The council will formally fix the level of council tax for 2015/16 at a meeting of the full council due to be held on 4th March 2015 – a procedure which just rubber-stamps the decision that the so-called ‘cabinet’ will have already taken.
Although it’s demanding yet more money from council-tax payers, the Vale Council actually has a projected “net underspend” on its revenue account for the current year (2014/15) of £715,000. On top of that it’s expecting to underspend again in 2015/16 by £770,000 – making a total underspend of £1,485,000. The council is now proposing to transfer this cash into a so-called “School Investment Strategy Reserve” – rather than give it back to council-tax payers.
The Council says it carried out a ” budget priorities survey” which asked Vale residents to rank council services in order of importance to them. The public who participated listed the following as their top three priorities: –
- Primary and Secondary Schools,
- Refuse collection and recycling
- Child Health and Disability Support.
The council doesn’t say how many council-tax payers actually took part in the “survey” but admits that “A number of respondents said that they would like to see a reduction in both the numbers and the cost of management and councillors alike “.
The council plans to spend £212,355,000 in the coming year but receives a Revenue Support Grant of £116,184,000 and claims it needs to raise £59,874,000 from council-tax.
It’s revealed that there is a surplus cash fund of £8,900,000 salted away in its “Council Fund Reserve” which the council does not plan to touch.
Despite the recent job cuts, the Vale of Glamorgan Council reveals that it is still employing 6,000 people. It says the budget for 2015/16 will mean there will be “a loss of jobs” although ” the impact on individuals is likely to be mitigated as a result of natural wastage and the deletion of vacant posts, it is, nevertheless, expected that there will be a number of redundancies.”.