Council tax bills in Denbighshire will increase by 2.75% in the next financial year.
Denbighshire County Council say the rise is expected to be below the average increase across North Wales, despite a bigger than expected increase in Welsh Government funding. Last year, bills increased by 1.5%.
The rate increase rises to 2.94% on account of the city, town and community councils and the office of the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner. For a Band D property, the council tax will rise by an average of £42.43 to £1,487.18.
Last month, a report to councillors stated although their position was better than expected, this year’s settlement with the Welsh Government did note take into account inflation or the pressure on local services – and there were no reliable figures available for forward planning.
Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill, the cabinet’s lead member of finance said: ”The final settlement from Welsh Government will see Denbighshire’s budget increase by 0.6%, slightly better than the provisional settlement. On the face of it, the increase can be seen as good news, but in real terms, it is a cut as it does not take into account inflation or pressures on some services.”
”We have historically protected school budgets and an additional £1. 9 million is being made available for schools. We also need to meet pressures facing social care, as well new investments in our priorities and they are all reflected in the budget.”
He added: ”The council has worked tirelessly on its approach to the budget setting process. Whilst the financial climate has been tough and jobs have been lost from the authority, there has been very little impact on our key services, and that has been intentional. We have taken steps to be more efficient in the way that we work, including reducing the number of our key office accommodation from 10 to 4 buildings. All services have also identified efficiency savings. As a result, no further savings are required from services for 2017/18, other than ones already committed.”