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Council announce council tax increase

Monday February 29 2016

Council tax increase Council tax increase

COUNCIL TAX will increase this year by 3.9 per cent, the Council has announced.

Two per cent of the increase which will be used to support older people’s services, particularly around residential and home care.

The increase was agreed by Cabinet last week, as the Government continues to make cuts to Local Authority budgets.

Since 2010, the council has seen cuts in Central Government funding of over £77million, and an additional £35 million is estimated to be cut over the next four years, with £10million in 2016/17.

Coun. Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, leader of Barnsley Council, said: “Against the backdrop of these cuts, we’ve tried hard to limit the cuts to our front line services. We have frozen council tax for three out of the last five years, with relatively small increases in the other two years.

“Unfortunately and with regret, but out of necessity, we now have to try and limit the cuts to front line services over and above the £10million of savings required in 2016/17.

"We need the funding to cover the increased cost of caring for our elderly and most vulnerable residents; therefore we have taken the extremely difficult decision to increase council tax in 2016/17 by 3.9 per cent.”

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Reply Posted by Chloe Roberts on Monday February 29 2016 at 16:03
I refuse to pay extra council tax we already pay over £120 a month on a 1 income family of 5 good luck coz u will not get anymore out of us!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Concerned Citizen on Wednesday March 2 2016 at 14:43
So....you had more children than you can afford?

Reply Posted by Michael bray on Monday February 29 2016 at 18:08
What a load of trash....can someone tell me why we are cutting?? To pay the deficit off I hear you say?? Well just to let you all know that every pound coin in your pocket was made with an initial debt attached payable to the Bank of England. So it makes no difference how much they cut, or save, the debt can never be paid off simply because the money has debt attached from the very moment that it is made. Cuts are just a way of destroying public services. That's my two-penneth. JOKERS.

Reply Posted by John Vickers on Monday February 29 2016 at 18:20
The council should be fighting against the Tory cuts instead of glad handing George Osborne.
I wonder if councillors were involved in this decision or whether its a case of our dictator imposing his will????????

Reply Posted by Damian Sandow on Monday February 29 2016 at 18:53
Is this lack of care for the elderly a new thing? Did they not see it coming? Is it a result of privatised services? When will they say, "We'd love to kill some more people abroad but can't afford it", or "We'd love to have google pay an even amount of tax". My pay hasn't increased much for three out of the last five years, with relatively small increases in the other two years, and it's not set to go up by 3.9% soon, even if I need the funding to cover the increased cost of living. Nobody for taxpayers to turn to though.

Reply Posted by Lee on Tuesday March 1 2016 at 15:17
It's not a new thing, they can't raise council tax beyond 2% without having a referendum, but they can increase the care bill without the need for one.

Don't think for one minute the money will be spent on the elderly.

And yes you're right we're paying more because corporations are paying less.

Still George got to go to the super bowl on a Google paid trip - so why should he care?>

Reply Posted by Eve on Monday February 29 2016 at 19:34
Well hopefully the council will clear the litter and sweep the roads in the town centre residential areas instead of wasting money on playgrounds and that stupid rubber surfacing

Reply Posted by Silent minority' on Monday February 29 2016 at 22:29
And what services are we going to see for this increase or should I say decrease for this extra cost we are already seeing cuts to police fire service and bin emptying this town is going to be a complete shithole which once was a proud community and Accepted people for what they can contribute now a days it becoming dog eat dog is that what we really what in our communities?

Reply Posted by Me, Here, Now on Tuesday March 1 2016 at 09:43
Will this increase mean we`ll get extra policing in town to get rid of all the thieves, smack-heads and yobs - not a chance.
The sooner Sir Steve retires and goes to live in London to collect his money for sitting in the House of Lords for a few hours a week the better. In fact, Knight all the Council seniority, and with a bit of luck they`ll all sod off with him.

Reply Posted by roger lowe on Tuesday March 1 2016 at 10:12
56 million pounds a day to stay in the EU

surely this money could be better spent elsewhere