Council Tax set to rise

Council Tax set to rise

The Council will continue its budget strategy agreed last year following consultation, and is set to raise council tax in 2018 and 2019 by 3.2% each year.

This will take the council to the end of the Government’s four year funding settlement which started in 2016.

Councils have no clarity yet around what funding arrangements will be in place after 2019.

In addition to savings already identified, the Council is increasingly looking for ways that it can support groups such as town and parish councils and other organisations to help deliver services that the Council has run in the past but can no longer afford to, albeit often in different ways.

24 thoughts on “Council Tax set to rise

  • January 2, 2018 at 10:16 pm
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    Can we have a caption competition? “We could have increased council tax by up to 6% so be grateful plebs”.

    The reliance on town and parish councils to take over borough council services is not sustainable. The borough council typically offer a couple of years of funding and then if it can’t be afforded going forward it’s the town or parish council that is closing the service, not the borough council. It’s easy to see why they want to pass on responsibility for these services rather than close them but it’s not something that can be done for much longer. Parish and town councils just don’t have the resources or security of income that the borough council has.

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  • January 2, 2018 at 10:20 pm
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    Oh well, at least we’ll have a new fancy bridge to walk across or drive under.

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  • January 2, 2018 at 10:20 pm
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    Council tax has to go up to pay for the shit green lasers they have wasted money on, keep there unoccupied building lights on at night and everything else they waste our money on the fucking muppets

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  • January 2, 2018 at 10:23 pm
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    Wouldn’t be so bad if we had had the council tax freeze that most of the country had during austerity under Cameron – our Labour council ignored the freeze and raised C tax for us anyway

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  • January 2, 2018 at 10:24 pm
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    So people in the borough struggle as it is and you still increase it to 3.2% so they will struggle even move takes the piss

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  • January 2, 2018 at 10:30 pm
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    Oh that will be OK it will match my 0% wage rise for the last 6 years or more.

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  • January 2, 2018 at 10:31 pm
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    Yet living wage has not increased but still they add more pressure to the many people already living on the bread line

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  • January 2, 2018 at 10:31 pm
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    Just goes to show what Muppets they are coming up with a statement like that, everyone else can see where money is being wasted so why can’t they.

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  • January 3, 2018 at 7:16 am
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    The quote from Lee Carter suggests the Labour councils attitude is to congratulate themselves on being only half as profligate as might be expected.

    It makes the #Telford50 celebrations look like particularly poor prioritisation. Favoured contractors might be celebrating, but not council tax payers. Blaming the government funding only works if residents can see the council aren’t wasteful.

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  • January 3, 2018 at 10:28 am
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    Shropshire County Council to increase council tax by almost 6%. Any comment on that?

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  • January 3, 2018 at 10:36 am
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    At least it’s not a billion pounds to cling on to power!

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  • January 3, 2018 at 11:13 am
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    There is a Cabinet Meeting at Addenbrooke House tomorrow (Thurs) at 5pm. Public can attend. Why not go along and hear the facts about this budget instead of just slagging it off. You might learn something. If you knew how difficult the process is you may cut the council a bit of slack. Do you really think they want to increase it? They have to. The only issue is by how much. Some comments on here are out of order and wildly incorrect.

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  • January 3, 2018 at 11:14 am
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    By the way, if the Tories were in power at TWC they would struggle and they would be increasing your council tax and I would be happy to defend them too.

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  • January 4, 2018 at 4:20 pm
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    I have found the Council to be a very mixed bag when it comes to providing value for money. The Occupational Therapy team are caring and hardworking and provide great value for money in my experience, whereas I can only say the exact opposite about the Council Housing team and my local councillors who are simply not interested and provide no value or service whatsoever.
    As for the thousands of pounds spent (wasted) on the lasers, with social care packages being slashed (mainly due to government cuts) and disabled people who have been in urgent, assessed need of adapted housing for several years being left to rot in pain by discrimination and not fit for purpose housing associations, I think the money could have been much better spent, especially as I have yet to come across anybody who saw them. I looked on both nights from different places and saw nothing.

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