Warwick District Council's share of council tax to rise for first time in two years - The Leamington Observer

Warwick District Council's share of council tax to rise for first time in two years

COUNCIL tax is going up in Warwick district for the first time in two years.

Warwick District Council has agreed to increase its portion of the council tax bill by 2.99 per cent.

This is equal to a £5.29 increase per household per year, or 11p per household per week for a Band D household.

However, over 91 per cent of the council tax goes to Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police and town and parish councils.

Councillors also approved a range of investment initiatives to ensure continued improvement of services.

This includes £200,000 over three years for additional cost of living support, £130,000 additional investment to tackle fly-tipping, funding for improvements to Victoria Park’s paddling pool, investment in solar panels on some of WDC’s buildings to save cash and

reduce carbon emissions, and employing an energy planning officer to monitor the high standard of new builds.

WDC’s resources spokesperson Coun Jonathan Chilvers said: “Setting the budget this year has been a challenge against the difficult financial environment. With so many councils struggling and so much uncertainty about the money central government will provide, the council tax increase will ensure valued services continue, services which include waste and fly-tipping collections, the provision of leisure centres and swimming pools, parks, and homelessness services.

“The average £5.29 a year council tax increase for each household, means we can plan sensible investments that will benefit residents.”

WDC’s transformation spokesperson Coun Jessica Harrison added: “It is important to support our residents who need us more than ever during the cost-of-living crisis. Our commitment lies in delivering services that are not only there for residents when they need them, but also ensuring long-term sustainability. Our focus remains on improving the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of all our services.”


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