12 January, 2018

Cabinet to discuss proposals to increase Council Tax

Thanet council tax statistics

Cabinet is to discuss proposals to increase Thanet District Council’s element of Council Tax by 2.99% next week (Tuesday 16 January).

That equates to £6.57 extra a year for a Band D household.

The proposal comes in the wake of continuing cuts to local authorities from Central Government which will see Thanet losing £1.5m of funding.

Council Tax is shared out amongst a number of organisations: Kent County Council, Thanet District Council, Kent Police, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Town/Parish councils.

Of the overall bill, Thanet District Council’s share is relatively small, receiving just 14p in every £1 to provide more than 30 different services for local people.

This includes everything from running elections to harbours, planning to tourism, street cleaning to housing, community safety to recycling, maintenance of parks and sport facilities, to environmental health and much more!

The proposed increase is £1.57 a year more than it would have been, if the Government hadn’t loosened the rule – which was previously set at a £5 increase.

This proposal is subject to final approval by Full Council on 8 February 2018.

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