Rush­moor coun­cil tax bill ‘ mis­lead­ing’ – Labour leader

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RUSH­MOOR

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.”

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