20th Mar, 2019

Council tax payers in Studley and Alcester face 4.99 per cent increase

Ross Crawford 23rd Feb, 2019

COUNCIL tax payers in Studley and Alcester are facing a 4.99 per cent increase in the take from Warwickshire County Council.

The rise amounts to an extra £1.31p a week on a Band D property.

The county’s Leader, Izzie Seccombe (Con), who chairs of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, has been an open critic of central Government cuts to local authorities.

Local County Councillor Clive Rickhards (Lib Dem, Studley) said: “Warwickshire receives £182 per head of population in central government grant whereas Sandwell receives £526 and Coventry £354.

“And while it’s recognised there is a deprivation factor in those calculations, nevertheless counties like Warwickshire are taking too big a cut in grant.”

Warwickshire needs to make £14.22million in savings this year and a further £1.94m next year with the further possibility of a further £20m in savings required.

Of the rise in council tax, two per cent will be ring fenced for adult social care.

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