Bristol council tax set to rise by 1.95 per cent

March 28 2014

COUNCIL tax is to increase by just under 2% for 2014/15, the council has confirmed.

March 28 2014

COUNCIL tax is to increase by just under 2% for 2014/15, the council has confirmed.
Band D properties will now be paying £1,391.87 in council tax, per year.
Both the police and fire authorities have also decided to increase the amounts they require from council taxpayers, taking the total to £1,628.54 - an increase of 1.95% - for band D properties.
The amount required from the fire authorities for band D properties is £65.30, and police authorities is £171.37.
The council tax is determined by how much the council needs to spend on services, how much income can be earned from the services, and what the grant from central government will be.
The shortfall between what is needed to spend, and the income and government funding that the council will receive, is the amount needed to raise through council tax.
For 2014/15 the amount is £160.1 million.
The council's total spending on services in 2014/15 will be £948 million, which includes schools and welfare benefits. The income received from people using the council's services amounts to £571.4 million in 2014/15, leaving a net spending total of £376.6 million.
For the first time, the council has prepared a three year budget, which prioritises spending while continuing to manage reduced government grants and an increased demand for services.
For more information about council tax, visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/counciltax.