Below-inflation council tax increase approved

Derbyshire Dales councillors across the political spectrum have voted resoundingly in favour of a below-inflation 1.94% increase in the District Council's share of council tax in the coming financial year.

The increase – the lowest set by the Council in the past six years - is the equivalent of 8p more a week for a Band D property.

At the Council's annual budget meeting last night (3 March) all 23 attending Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors voted for the increase. No-one voted against but there were three abstentions from independent councillors.

It means there will be no reduction in the Council's services in 2022/23, with council tax funding 38% of an £18.2-million revenue budget. Sales, fees and charges (46%) will once again be the biggest contributor, with business rates and government grants making up the remainder.

Although the District Council collects council tax on behalf of other councils and agencies, it spends only 11% of the total on the services it provides. The majority - around 70% - goes direct to Derbyshire County Council, 12% to Derbyshire Police, 4% to the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and 3% to residents' local town or parish council.

Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy told the meeting:
"I want to state quite clearly that I think this is a fair settlement. I've thought long and hard about this. I know that many other authorities in the country have gone for the top - but with the increase and threat of inflation for our residents it was something I couldn't do.
“It's a matter of balance - we're trying to be as fair to our residents as we can while at the same time bringing monies into our authority that are so necessary."

Seconding the motion, Leader of the Opposition Liberal Democrats, Councillor Steve Flitter said:
"Everything that has been said is right. I don't think there's a contest here."
Watch the meeting again here:



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Derbyshire Dales councillors across the political spectrum have voted resoundingly in favour of a below-inflation 1.94% increase in the District Council

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