Council tax update
In 2019/20 a typical band D property* will pay £1,912.43 in council tax.
This will comprise
- £1,453.50 towards Surrey County Council services
- £260.57 contribution to Surrey Police
- £198.36 for all the services provided by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.
Surrey County Council
(information extracted from Revenue and Capital Budget Report 2019/20, dated 29 January, the decision to approve the budget was made on 5 February)
The Surrey County Council precept for Band D council tax will be £1,453.50, which represents a 2.99% up-lift.
We have a strategy and plans in place that will ensure the council is on a stable financial footing. Through the programme of change we are undertaking, Surrey County Council will drive out inefficiencies and reduce costs, minimising the use of reserves this financial year and is anticipating not needing to rely on reserves at all for 2019/20.
The hard choices and tough decisions we are having to make about services and how we allocate our precious resources, having full and proper regard to consultation and engagement with residents.
This is a rise of 81p a week from 2018/19’s precept of £1,411.29. This includes £102.39 for the Adult Social Care Precept, which remains at the same rate as last year.
Mel Few, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “Our focus has to be on ensuring that the county’s finances are in a sustainable position to meet the growing demand for essential services while also allowing us to improve them in years to come.
“In addition there is a need to minimise our use of reserves to avoid them becoming too low, so unfortunately there is no choice for us but to recommend an increase in council tax of 2.99% this year.”
(News release from the Office of the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, 4 February)
The Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro’s proposed rise in council tax for policing in return for 100 extra officers in Surrey has today been approved by the county’s Police and Crime Panel.
The decision will mean the policing element of a Band D Council Tax bill will increase by £2 a month – the equivalent of around 10% across all bands.
In return, the PCC has pledged to increase the number of officers and PCSOs in the county by 100 by April 2020.
Surrey Police plan to double the number of officers in the dedicated neighbourhood teams supporting area policing teams across the county while also investing in specialist officers to tackle serious organised crime gangs and drug dealers in our communities.
The rise, which will come into effect from April this year, was unanimously approved by the Panel during a meeting at County Hall in Kingston-upon-Thames earlier today.
It means the cost for the policing part of the council tax for the financial year 2019/20 has been set at £260.57 for a Band D property.
Epsom & Ewell Bough Council
Please see the budget article in this issue.
*Band D is used across England as the comparator band.