Council tax set to rise 3.99%

January 29 2020

Council tax is set to rise by the maximum 3.99 per cent for Bristol residents from April.
It takes the annual bill from the city council for an average Band D property to £1,758.28 — £67.46 more than this year — plus additional smaller sums to pay for the police and fire service.
Half of the increase will go towards paying for adult social care after a consultation with thousands of householders found a majority in favour of adding two per cent to the charge specifically for that purpose.
But the consultation also revealed that the the biggest group — 41 per cent — wanted a freeze on council tax and no additional fee for adult social care.
Of the rest, 35 per cent preferred a two per cent increase in council tax and 23 per cent favoured one per cent.
The rises will give Bristol City Council an extra £8.7million to spend on services, plus £2.4million from the 1,567 new households since last year.
The cheapest Band A households face a £44.98 council tax rise to £1,172.19, Band B a £52.47 hike to £1,367.55 and Band C go up £59.97 to £1,562.92.
Bills for Band E residents will increase by £82.46 to £2,149.02, Band F by £97.45 to £2,539.75, Band G’s rise by £112.44 to £2,930.47 and the most expensive Band H properties will be charged an extra £134.93 taking their total to £3,516.57.
If approved by cabinet members next Tuesday, full council will make the final decision on February 25.
The precepts levied by the Avon & Somerset police and crime commissioner and Avon Fire & Rescue Service, which are added to the final council tax bills, are yet to be set.
By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporter