Rushmoor council tax bill ‘ misleading’ – Labour leader
Aldershot’s Wellington ward councillor and Labour group leader Alex Crawford said a 156% increase has been given incorrectly as 3% on the bill.
“I compared my Band D bill for this year with that of last year,” he said. “I noted that the Adult Social Care Precept had gone up from £ 20.75 last year to £ 53.12 this year and that the ‘ percentage increase since previous year’ was given as + 3%.
“In fact, the increase of £ 32.37 amounts to + 156%.”
But neither council has admitted to an error on the bill.
Cllr Paul Taylor, Rushmoor Borough Council’s cabinet member for cor- porate services, said: “We collect the council tax not only for Rushmoor Borough Council, but also for Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire.
“We appreciate the percentage change for Hampshire County Council Adult Social Care may be a little confusing but the format is prescribed by central government and a similar methodology has to be used by all billing authorities nationally.
“We will put a fuller explanation of this on our website for our residents.”
A spokesman for Hampshire County Council said: “The council tax charge had increased by 4.99% this year and, of that figure, 3% would help to fund adult social care funding pressures. To be clear, this does not mean that the adult social care precept is being increased by 3% on last year.”
“The 3% represents part of the overall 4.99% increase in the total Hampshire County Council precept. We understand how this may appear confusing. However, central government has prescribed how all councils must present this adult social care information.”