‘A council tax increase of 2.9 per cent – expected to be among the lowest of any county in the country – is predicted to be set by Derbyshire County Council. The average Derbyshire household would pay an extra 45p per week for county council services.
Councillors are expected to approve a net budget of £479 million when they meet on Wednesday 4 February. It will meet the cost of inflation, pay and price increases of £12.29 million.
There’s extra cash too, to ease significant pressures on services including:
£1 million – to help pay for services for a growing elderly population
£2.4 million – for increased waste disposal costs
£3.3 million – to improve services to keep children safe and for foster carers
And the council will make efficiency savings of £6 million to protect and improve services and help balance the books. Council leader councillor John Williams said: “We know that council tax is one of the biggest bills people get and in these challenging times we’ve tried to keep the increase as low as possible.
“But there are increasing demands on many of our services, people are living longer and needing more care. And like the rest of the country our energy costs are increasing. “Like most households we are cutting back where we can. We’re saving £6m by doing what we do more efficiently.”
Unfortunately, the County Council tax is not as low as Barlborough Parish Council who cut their budget by 2.5%…