Council Tax Pressure to balance budget sees increase in county
RESIDENTS are set to pay around £61 a year extra in council tax as county council bosses try to manage their budget.
Gloucestershire County Council has revealed it has to save a nearly £21million in 2019/20, and this year’s budget lays out what it needs as a share of the council tax bill.
Ongoing pressures on its children’s services department, such as out-ofcounty placements and retaining social workers, has meant that the price of keeping young children safe will cost £84million next year, up from £73million this year.
The authority needs £295million from council tax payers for its budget to balance.
Council tax is now set to go up for residents, after councillors voted for the proposals at a crunch budget meeting by a majority of 28, with 18 abstentions.
The council tax cost will go up by 4.99 per cent, which included a 2 per cent increase in the adult social care precept.
The majority of Band A residents will see their bills go up by £40.92 per year, £47.76 for Band B, £54.6 for Band C, and £61 for Band D.
The majority of households in Gloucestershire are in Bands A, B and C, according to the county council’s medium term financial strategy.
The county council will pump £11million of the extra funding into children’s services, and a further £3million will go towards the budget for adult social care.
The budget for adult social care will go up by £3million to £136million as of April 2019.
The draft 2019/20 budget also sets out a range of capital investments such as £44million for schools, £57million towards highways and £7million for potholes.
Residents in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester who pay to park out- side their homes will be charged more as of April 1.
Residential parking permits could rise to £60 for first permits and £120 for the cost of a second car.
So residents across the county would pay £10 more for one permit and £20 more for two.
The county council will also increase the amount drivers pay to park in all on-street parking zones in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester.
Parking in the centre of Cheltenham for example would cost £3.40 for two hours, while parking in central Gloucester would cost £3 for the same period of time.
The main reason the county council plan to charge drivers more to park is to manage the high demand of parking in Cheltenham and Gloucester.
The charge of parking on-street in Cirencester will rise to £1.30, from £1.
Business permits will increase to £300 from £250, and charge businesses £50 more to park their car in Imperial Square in Cheltenham.
Under the proposals, the county council will charge drivers parking in Cheltenham’s Arle Court Park and Ride but not using the bus service £6 all day, and £3 after 1pm.
The parking charge to Arle Court Park and Ride comes as employees in nearby businesses such as GCHQ and the BMW garage have been reportedly using the car park to park for free. And the same measure will be introduced to Gloucester’s Waterwells Park and Ride but £2 all day, and £1 after 1pm.
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Residents are set to pay around £61 a year extra in council tax