Council tax to rise by nearly four per cent

March 01 2020

COUNCIL tax in South Gloucestershire will rise by nearly four per cent in April.
Councillors approved a 3.99 rise at a full council meeting at Kingswood Civic Centre on February 12.
It means council tax for a Band D property for 2020/21 will rise to £1,543.37, up £59.22 from £1,484.15 last year.
A further charge will be added for police and fire services and  residents who come under parish councils including Hanham, Hanham Abbots and Oldland will also pay a precept for local services.
South Gloucestershire Council will spend almost £232 million on services next year, which will feature initiatives to protect the environment and help local high streets.
The rise will include a two per cent precept which will be spent on meeting the growing cost of adult social care services.
A further £145 million will be spent on infrastructure such as roads and building projects, including £27.6 million on schools.
Overall schools funding for South Gloucestershire will increase by £11.371 million compared to last year with spending increases to support children with special education needs and disabilities.
The council has pledged to deliver at least the minimum per pupil funding of £3,750 for primary and £5,000 for secondary school pupils.
Spending plans include a series of initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of council services, including an initial £1.7 million investment to directly respond to the climate emergency with a further £6 million over four years to support various green projects affecting schools, communities and transport.
In addition to the £100,000 carried over from last year, there will be £300,000 to support projects to reinvigorate high streets.
A total of £30,000 will be available in grants for community groups wishing to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day this year and £130,000 will be set aside to enforce anti-littering laws.