Res­i­dents in RCT pay­ing sixth low­est amount of coun­cil tax

Cynon Valley - - NEWS - AN­THONY LEWIS an­[email protected]­plc.com

RHONDDA Cynon Taff res­i­dents are pay­ing the sixth-low­est amount of coun­cil tax per prop­erty in Wales this year.

Coun­cil fig­ures for 2018-19 show the av­er­age coun­cil tax be­ing paid per dwelling in RCT was £1,209, which is below the Welsh av­er­age of £1,319.

Only Caer­philly, New­port, Blae­nau Gwent, Pem­brokeshire and Merthyr Tyd­fil have a lower av­er­age coun­cil tax per dwelling with Caer­philly hav­ing the low­est at £1,017.

Mon­mouthshire’s was the high­est, with the av­er­age coun­cil tax paid per prop­erty there be­ing £1,732.

The fig­ures come from the an­nual re­port of the leader Coun­cil­lor An­drew Mor­gan which is set to go be­fore the coun­cil’s over­view and scru­tiny com­mit­tee.

RCT Coun­cil is cur­rently con­sult­ing on a coun­cil tax rise for 2019-20 of around 3%.

The coun­cil has con­firmed it is look­ing to close a £5.9m bud­get gap fol­low­ing the bet­ter-than-ex­pected pro­vi­sional Welsh Gov­ern­ment set­tle­ment an­nounced in Oc­to­ber.

Pre­vi­ous fore­casts had suggested the gap could have been as high as £17m be­fore the set­tle­ment was an­nounced.

In 2018-19 RCT set a coun­cil tax rise of 3.3% which was the low­est in Wales that year with the pre­vi­ous two rises be­ing 2.5% and 2.25%.

Cllr Mor­gan states in his re­port: “The ad­min­is­tra­tion has al­ways sought to avoid trans­fer­ring the strain of aus­ter­ity to res­i­dents and key front­line ser­vices, where pos­si­ble.

“The coun­cil in­tends to con­tinue this in 2019-20 and is cur­rently con­sult­ing on a slight in­crease of around three per cent once again.”

Coun­cil tax bands are cal­cu­lated based on the value of a prop­erty at a spe­cific point in time (in Wales it is what they were val­ued at on April 1, 2003).

The low­est band (Band A) in­cludes prop­er­ties val­ued up to £44,000.

Cllr Mor­gan points out that 103,535 prop­er­ties (43% of house­holds) in the county bor­ough are classed as Band A with around 81% of house­holds be­ing in Bands A-C.

In con­trast, he says that Cardiff only has 3% of dwellings clas­si­fied as Band A and 35% of dwellings in Bands A-C.

The coun­cil needs to close a bud­get gap of £5.9m...

Coun­cil fig­ures for 2018-19 show the av­er­age coun­cil tax be­ing paid per dwelling in RCT was £1,209, which is below the Welsh av­er­age of £1,319

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