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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Council tax WILL rise

COPELAND residents WILL face an increase in their council tax bill for 2013/14, it has been confirmed.

Richard Rhodes, the police and crime commissioner, has this week had his proposal of a 1.9 per cent increase for the constabulary’s share formally accepted by the Police and Crime Panel.

The council tax a resident pays is divided between Cumbria County Council (around 75 per cent), Cumbria Police (around 13 per cent) and Copeland Borough Council (around 12 per cent). Copeland’s share also looks likely to go up by 1.9 per cent – the highest increase that can be imposed without a public referendum – although a final decision will be taken by the full council on February 21.

The county council’s share is the highest and there have yet been no indications as to what – if any – its increase will be. Its Cabinet will make its proposals on February 7, to be agreed by the full council on February 14.

The government offered all local authorities a freeze of one per cent for two years. However, it is felt by those declining the offer that after the two-year period, this offer will end and the funding will drop out, leaving the authority to find the balance from other sources.

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Yet another one in the eye of copeland residents, the council is only increasing the council tax by 0.9% in real terms, is it worth it to cause further animosity with residents ?
I hope everyone appreciates the government has promised to give any council who does not increase their council tax 1%, that means the council are further alienating themselves for 0.9%, this must be a decision steeped in politics. Shame on them.

Posted by vulcan on 30 January 2013 at 13:15

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