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Denbighshire residents face council tax increase

Published date: 22 January 2014 |
Published by: Kirstie Dolphin
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DENBIGHSHIRE residents are set to see a 3.5 per cent increase in their council tax in April.

Denbighshire County Council cabinet members approved the rise in council tax for band D last week, which will bring in an extra £2 million for the authority.

The cabinet also approved cutting the budget in the region of £8.5 million for 2014/15.

The proposals will now go before full council on Monday, January 27, to formally approve the exact amount.

Cabinet lead member for finance, Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill said:

"Denbighshire really has had a tight budget settlement from the Welsh Assembly Government - the lowest in Wales for 2014/15.

"At all times we have attempted to protect frontline service and jobs whilst minimising the impact of council tax increases to our residents.

"We will continue to look at all services to see if we can be more efficient in the way in which we work, whilst maintaining the best possible services for the people of Denbighshire."

Denbighshire will be the hardest hit by the proposed budget cuts by the Welsh Government to local authorities.

The council’s budget process so far has resulted in savings of £1.7 million, which were approved by members in September plus a further £4.7 million, which was approved in December.

The increase in council tax of 3.5 per cent for band D will on average increase a weekly bill by 90p.

The average band D property in Denbigh currently pays £1,351 in council tax which will rise to £1,398, costing an extra 92p a week.

Band D houses in Ruthin and St Asaph will be charged £47 more a year costing an extra 90p a week.

Band D houses in Corwen which currently pay £1,323 will increase to £1,369 (88p extra a week) and Llangollen will pay an extra £47 costing a further 90p a week.
North Wales Police have also proposed a two per cent increase in their precept which will be added to residents council tax bills.

This is equal to a rise of £4.50 a year or 9p a week for a Band D home.

Mr Roddick said: “There are even harder challenges ahead, but the two per cent increase will provide an achievable budget for the chief constable to deliver effective policing without placing too great a burden on local residents.”

  • Wrexham Council’s cabinet has approved a three per cent rise in council tax, Conwy has proposed a rise of five per cent rise, Angelsey has launched a consultation proposing a five per cent increase, Gwynedd and Flintshire are still due to announce their council tax for 2014/15.


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