Council Tax Rise Will Hit Householders Hard

PUBLISHED: 12:05 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

COUNCIL tax rises are set to hit householders hard this year as public services say they too are feeling the pinch. County, district and parish councils, fire, and police are all due to raise their slice of the council tax you pay - justified as safegua

COUNCIL tax rises are set to hit householders hard this year as public services say they too are feeling the pinch.

County, district and parish councils, fire, and police are all due to raise their slice of the council tax you pay - justified as "safeguarding essential public services in a recession."

The county council says its share of the Council Tax equates to just 88p per house per week - on an "average" band D property. But most Cambridgeshire households will actually pay £1,709 a year, and all households will pay around £100 extra for services compared to last year.

Police will decide how much to increase their proportion of your Council Tax by on February 13. "We think we'll be looking at around a five per cent increase," said a Police Authority spokeswoman. "It's historic underfunding in Cambridgeshire's case, but because of the three year funding settlement we found out about last year, we have been able to plan for it to some extent.

"We have same kind of pressures that the public face, such as rising energy prices, and police officers' pay is 2.6 per cent up so that takes a large chunk of the settlement."

Around 10 per cent of your Council Tax goes to East Cambridgeshire District Council, who upped their rates by 4.9 per cent - 0.1 per cent below the legal maximum.

Fred Brown, council leader said the rise was necessary and the council had already made more than £650,000 of budget cuts to try to cope with the recession.

"In setting this figure, I promise you we have tightened our belts as much as we can," he added. "The pressure is on us even more to provide the high quality services which people have the right to expect with real value for money."

Final Council Tax figures will be announced on April 1.

County Council Tax Increases 2009-10

Band A House Value up to £40,000 + Amount you pay 2009-10 £683 Per week £13 Annual Increase on 2007-08 £31

Band B House Value £40,000 + £797 £15 £36

Band C House Values £52,000 + £911 £18 £41

Band D House Value £68,000 + £1,025 £20 £46

Band E House Value £88,000 + £1,253 £24 £56

Band F House Value £120,000+ £1,481 £28 £66

Band G House Value £160,000+ £1,709 £34 £77

Band H House Value £320,000+ £2,050 £37 £92

Amount of Council Tax taken by District Council

2008-2009 2009-2010

Band A £83.88 £87.96

Band B £97.86 £102.62

Band C £111.84 £117.28

Band D £125.82 £131.94

Band E £153.78 £161.26

Band F £181.74 £190.58

Band G £209.70 £219.90

Band H £251.64 £263.88

Police: Has increased by the maximum five per cent every year since 2005. A Band D property paid £156.87 in the financial year 2008-09.

Fire: Increased by four per cent to an average of £50.45 last year. Proposed increase of 3.5 per cent in 2009-10, up for discussion on February 11.

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