Do you want a council tax freeze?

November 29 2018

PEOPLE are being asked to have their say on Bristol City Council’s next budget.

The council has already agreed to make £41.9 million of cuts to be made in its spending over the next four years.

It is now asking residents whether they think next year’s council tax should be frozen or whether it should be increased by up to four per cent from April next year.

Freezing council tax and not making the cuts next year would leave the authority with a £23.2m hole in its budget. It says every increase of 1% in council tax would add around £16 per year to a Band D bill, so a 4% rise would add £64.

The council says it can balance its books by bringing in a 3% increase and going ahead with the planned cuts.

It wants residents to have their say by taking part in a survey, which closes on December 17.

The consultation survey can be found online at www.bristol.gov.uk/budget2019-2020, or residents can call 0117 922 2848 or email consultation@bristol.gov.uk to ask for a paper version or other alternative format.

Mayor Marvin Rees said: “We’d like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in this consultation, which is a chance to have your say about the money we raise through council tax.”