Residents will hear this week that Derbyshire Dales District Council proposes to increase its share of Council Tax bills by £5 for a Band D property.
The proposal of a £5 increase in the band D tax (a 2.6% increase) - subject to agreement by councillors on 2 March – would mean Dales households paying on average 10p more a week for District Council services in 2017/18.
The District Council, which collects Council Tax on behalf of all local authorities but only spends 12% of the total (Derbyshire County Council’s share is 70%), will be explaining at a series of community forums how it is managing to provide services to local people at an average cost of just 54p a day – despite the continuing squeeze on its finances.
Successive central government grant cuts (including a further 20% for 2017/18) make it harder than ever for us to provide the front line services that residents need. But for now, Derbyshire Dales District Council is trying hard to minimise the impact of service cuts, despite having to find additional ongoing savings of £1.6 million over the next four years.
The Forums take place at Darley Dale's Dale Road Methodist Church on Tuesday 7 February, at Hulland Ward & District Millennium Village Hall on Monday 13 February and at Ashford War Memorial Institute on Tuesday 21 February. All start at 7 pm and there is no need to pre-book.
Services provided by the District Council include affordable housing, business support, leisure centres and health initiatives, waste and recycling collections, parks maintenance, street cleaning, housing benefits and crime prevention initiatives.
The Council will update its efficiency plan to show how they plan to achieve these savings. Over the next 4 years the Council aims to become less reliant on government funding and move to a more sustainable basis of funding from council tax, business rates and charges for services. The District Council pledges to review every single one of its services on a rolling basis to make it as efficient and cost-effective as possible. The Efficiency Plan will demonstrate that increased income, together with more efficient services, will lead to financial sustainability over the medium term.
District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:
“As an authority we have been trying incredibly hard to keep our heads above water without a significant impact on the frontline services that the people of the Derbyshire Dales need.
"The work we are doing in reviewing all our services should not be under-estimated, not only in making them more efficient, but in some cases delivering them differently, sometimes with partners or as shared services. We have had no choice but to examine in the greatest detail the way we spend every penny - and that has also meant rationalising reserves and reprioritising our capital spend.
"That said, our future funding regime shows no sign of improvement and, to be frank, we are now running out of money-saving options. Our reserves are the lowest they have been for many years and we now need to look for more radical solutions for future years. We are examining our organisation structure and the Council has already taken the difficult decision to outsource the management of its leisure centres.
“While our current capital programme can be funded, future capital projects will need critical evaluation and it should come as no surprise to local people if we as a council are forced to make some difficult and potentially unpopular decisions in the coming years."
The community forums offer the public the chance to view and comment on the District Council’s spending plans presentation. The presentation can also be viewed here.
The increase for each council tax band is shown in the table below:
|Band||Council Tax 2016/17||Proposed Council Tax for 2017/18||Increase on previous year||Increase per week|
- The full budget report will be published on or before Thursday 23 February and will include more details about the District Council’s revenue and capital programme proposals for 2017/18.
- Council tax in band D is currently £193.34 in 2016/17. The proposed increase of £5 a year for a Band D (equating to an extra 2.6%) (10p a week), taking the band D council tax rate to £198.34 in 2017/18