4.99% increase in council tax

March 03 2018

BRISTOL City Council, like most around the country, has set a budget for the coming year in which residents will pay more for fewer services.

 

BRISTOL City Council, like most around the country, has set a budget for the coming year in which residents will pay more for fewer services.

The council has agreed a 4.99 per cent increase in council tax for  2018/19, which includes a 2 per cent levy for essential adult social care services.

It means people living in a Band D property will pay an extra £7.61 a month from April 1, once additional levies for police and fire services are added.

The increase will bring in an additional £9.7m to the council next year, but this will not be enough to offset wage increases and other costs and reductions in government funding.

The budget therefore includes a total of £34.5m annual savings. Having already made more than £200m of savings since 2010, the council needs to save a further £108m by April 2023. 

Deputy Mayor and Hillfields Councillor Craig Cheney said the Labour-run authority  had worked extremely hard to limit the impact on council tax payers and had not brought in the maximum permitted rise.

"I am pleased full council has approved a budget that focuses on minimising the impact on essential frontline services," he said.

Councillors also agreed a refreshed Corporate Strategy, which sets out how the vision for Bristol as a city of hope and ambition and outlines how the council’s role will change from being the main provider of services to collaborating with partners across the city.