Warwick district council tax set to rise by highest amount possible


Council tax will rise for the first time in years after all three main collecting bodies agreed to increase their precepts by the highest amounts possible.

The precept is the figure set individually by the district and county council and police which together make up the council tax charge. Parish and town councils also levy a small charge.

This is the first time in five years that this council has increased its share of the council tax

Warwick District Council

Expected rises will equate to a rise of £51.79 across the year for an average Band D household to meet growing financial pressures from central government.

Warwick District Council (WDC) says it plans to raise its charge by 1.99 per cent for the coming financial year.

This would fall just short of the two percent permitted for the council and mean a rise of around £2.92 for an average Band D household.

Warwickshire County Council, which charges the largest portion of the tax, is set to approve a rise of just under four per cent - also the highest it can go - this month. It would mean a rise of around £45.12 for a Band D household.

As well as the permitted two percent rise, the county council can make an additional two percent increase to cover adult social care services.

And on Wednesday, Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball received backing for a 1.99 per cent rise to help pay for policing and front line services after holding a public consultation.

A WDC report read: “This is the first time in five years that this council has increased its share of the council tax.

“The recent zero tax increases have been partially compensated by a council tax freeze grant from central government.”

The county council is due to approve its budget later this month but has said a rise in council tax is the only viable option to meet ongoing cuts from central government.