Dorset County Council gives green light to raise council tax for next few years

Bournemouth Echo: TAX HIKE: DCC cabinet approve council tax increases TAX HIKE: DCC cabinet approve council tax increases

COUNCILLORS have given the green light to plans to raise council tax across the county.

At a meeting of Dorset County Council’s cabinet, councillors approved plans to increase council tax by 1.99 per cent for the next financial year and up to two per cent for subsequent years.

But the council is able to present a balanced budget after fears they would be facing a deficit of more than £2million and councillors pledged to carry out more public consultation on the issues facing the authority.

The report’s recommendations were approved in full by councillors and will be discussed at the next full council meeting.

Speaking at the meeting at County Hall in Dorchester, cabinet member for corporate resources Councillor Robert Gould said the budget for the next three years assumes increases in council tax of two per cent each year.

The exact amount will be dependent on government decisions on a council tax cap.

Cllr Gould added that there is a ‘high degree of uncertainty’ beyond 2016 and further increases and budget decisions will be based on the outcome of the general election.

But looking forward he promised the council will place an ‘increased emphasis’ on public consultation.

Councillor Toni Coombs, cabinet member for education and communications, said consultation should be done ‘face to face’, rather than through the council’s website. She added: “The more we can do this, the more it shows we are listening.”

Presenting the report, Cllr Gould said the council will present a balanced budget after being informed in December last year of a deficit of £2.4million.

A surplus on collection funds and part of the Public Health Grant being made available for county council services has helped to close this gap to £500,000, which will be funded from contingency reserves.

But overspends were reported in adult and community services, children’s services and the environment.

Cllr Gould said: “Through a period of change and challenge we are now able to present a budget which is robust.

“We will be making changes in the way we deliver services but we will not be resorting to crude cuts.”

He added: “Because of the way we have run finances in the past we are a very well resourced council and I think that’s something we can all take great pride in.”

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2:03pm Tue 4 Feb 14

twynham says...

‘As this economy has started to recover, it’s very difficult for people to make ends meet. Their wages are relatively fixed, and the prices are going up. ... That’s why freezing the council tax matters."
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Now, remind me.
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Who said that???
‘As this economy has started to recover, it’s very difficult for people to make ends meet. Their wages are relatively fixed, and the prices are going up. ... That’s why freezing the council tax matters." . Now, remind me. . Who said that??? twynham

2:48pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

If the council hadn't wasted millions on a surf reef that didn't work, millions on the Imax and thousands on stupid signs across the spur road perhaps we may have been in line for a council tax cut..
Its about time all councils pulled in their spending on idiotic schemes which have no benefit what so ever to the local community, no good spending these millions and then griping that council tax needs to rise by 1.99%, especially when most of the countries workers haven't had a rise in almost five years. ,
If the council hadn't wasted millions on a surf reef that didn't work, millions on the Imax and thousands on stupid signs across the spur road perhaps we may have been in line for a council tax cut.. Its about time all councils pulled in their spending on idiotic schemes which have no benefit what so ever to the local community, no good spending these millions and then griping that council tax needs to rise by 1.99%, especially when most of the countries workers haven't had a rise in almost five years. , Hessenford

2:49pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Dr Strangelove says...

The Torys are toast at the next general election!
The Torys are toast at the next general election! Dr Strangelove

3:50pm Tue 4 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

Perhaps we could see an inventory of all the Dorset area Council staff posts earning above £40,000/annum (plus expenses and pension costs). It might make some very topical reading whilst we digest this near 2.0% increase and the effects of many front line Council staff and service cuts.
Perhaps we could see an inventory of all the Dorset area Council staff posts earning above £40,000/annum (plus expenses and pension costs). It might make some very topical reading whilst we digest this near 2.0% increase and the effects of many front line Council staff and service cuts. muscliffman

4:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

rayc says...

"He added: “Because of the way we have run finances in the past we are a very well resourced council..."

What he means is that for more than a decade there were inflation busting increases in council tax year on year. Perhaps all councils should have to declare their surpluses, Bournemouth council for example have suddenly found £15m of unallocated reserves to fund a bank.
"He added: “Because of the way we have run finances in the past we are a very well resourced council..." What he means is that for more than a decade there were inflation busting increases in council tax year on year. Perhaps all councils should have to declare their surpluses, Bournemouth council for example have suddenly found £15m of unallocated reserves to fund a bank. rayc

7:23pm Tue 4 Feb 14

fireflier says...

If they cannot manage their budget on the cash they already get how in 'ell's name do these people think we have spare cash just sloshing about waiting for them to increase the Council Tax??????

Politicians ....we CAN DO WITHOUT YOU..you know!
If they cannot manage their budget on the cash they already get how in 'ell's name do these people think we have spare cash just sloshing about waiting for them to increase the Council Tax?????? Politicians ....we CAN DO WITHOUT YOU..you know! fireflier

9:45pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

Councils slap on a 1.99% increase in council tax and threaten us with prosecution if we refuse to pay.
It would be great if we could all go to our employers and demand a 1.99% pay rise and threaten them with court action if they refused to pay.
Councils slap on a 1.99% increase in council tax and threaten us with prosecution if we refuse to pay. It would be great if we could all go to our employers and demand a 1.99% pay rise and threaten them with court action if they refused to pay. Hessenford

7:20am Thu 6 Feb 14

tbpoole says...

Hessenford wrote:
If the council hadn't wasted millions on a surf reef that didn't work, millions on the Imax and thousands on stupid signs across the spur road perhaps we may have been in line for a council tax cut..
Its about time all councils pulled in their spending on idiotic schemes which have no benefit what so ever to the local community, no good spending these millions and then griping that council tax needs to rise by 1.99%, especially when most of the countries workers haven't had a rise in almost five years. ,
Have you actually read the article. It relates to Dorset County Council, not Bournemouth Borough.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: If the council hadn't wasted millions on a surf reef that didn't work, millions on the Imax and thousands on stupid signs across the spur road perhaps we may have been in line for a council tax cut.. Its about time all councils pulled in their spending on idiotic schemes which have no benefit what so ever to the local community, no good spending these millions and then griping that council tax needs to rise by 1.99%, especially when most of the countries workers haven't had a rise in almost five years. ,[/p][/quote]Have you actually read the article. It relates to Dorset County Council, not Bournemouth Borough. tbpoole

7:22am Thu 6 Feb 14

tbpoole says...

muscliffman wrote:
Perhaps we could see an inventory of all the Dorset area Council staff posts earning above £40,000/annum (plus expenses and pension costs). It might make some very topical reading whilst we digest this near 2.0% increase and the effects of many front line Council staff and service cuts.
It might make you feel better to pry into someone else's wage packet but would it actually achieve anything?
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we could see an inventory of all the Dorset area Council staff posts earning above £40,000/annum (plus expenses and pension costs). It might make some very topical reading whilst we digest this near 2.0% increase and the effects of many front line Council staff and service cuts.[/p][/quote]It might make you feel better to pry into someone else's wage packet but would it actually achieve anything? tbpoole

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