It's official - CDC share of Council Tax is one of the lowest nationally
Release date: 29 March 2018
At a time when the government has confirmed that Council Tax levels for 2018/19 will increase by an average of 5.1% across England - the largest rise for 13 years - national figures have shown that local residents in the Cotswolds are much better off than the vast majority.
The figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 28 March show that Cotswold District Council's share of Council Tax payments is the eleventh lowest in the country.
In February, CDC Members agreed a freeze on the authority’s share of Council Tax payments for 2018/19, following a freeze for 2017/18 and 2016/17, a 5% cut in 2015/16, a 3% cut in 2014/15 and a 5% reduction in 2013/14. This means that the average band D charge for District services will remain at £126.40.
Taking into account the freeze for 2018/19, the actual amount being charged for a Band D Council Tax payer – without cutting frontline services – has been reduced by £17.98 per year (12%) over a period stretching back to 2010/11. Even more significantly, the £126.40 charge is on a par with what residents were paying back in 2005 and, taking the average annual inflation rate into account, represents a real terms reduction of about 45%, saving tax payers about £50 per year.
CDC Deputy Leader Cllr Nick Parsons was very pleased to see an improvement in the Council's national ranking:
“Nearly all the local authorities in the UK increased their share of the Council Tax bill, but we managed to maintain our price freeze in the Cotswolds. We are now the eleventh lowest nationally for Council Tax charges - up from 63rd lowest just a few years ago.
“This shows how effective our staff have been in keeping down costs, through working more efficiently,sharing work, and introducing technical innovations - and without any detriment to our customer services. Working with partner councils, we are on target to share in collective savings of £5.6 million per year by 2020 –these savings will ensure that we continue to provide excellent value for money.”