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Households face Herts County Council tax rise of £56 a year

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Hertfordshire County Council is canvassing residents on plans for an annual council tax rise of almost 4% or £56.42 from April.

Householders have three weeks to take part in an online consultation before the precept is set on February 23.

The authority is proposing a general council tax rise of 1.99% with a further rise of 2% specifically to support social care services for the elderly and adults with physical and mental disabilities.

Cllr Ralph Sangster (43941996)
Cllr Ralph Sangster (43941996)

Last year, an average Band D household paid £1,414.20 for county services out of a total bill of £1,854.98 in Bishop’s Stortford. The annual demand also includes precepts by the police and crime commissioner, East Herts district and the town council.

Councillor Ralph Sangster, the executive member for resources and performance, said: “Now more than ever, it is so important that we get feedback from you, Hertfordshire residents, as your council tax, along with money from other funding sources, supports the vital local services provided by the county council.

The proposed budget will allow for investment in many key areas and following a year like no other, we feel that this approach strikes the right balance between minimising the council tax burden for residents, whilst enabling investment in critical services which matter for our county.

If you live in Hertfordshire, these budgetary decisions will impact you and your loved ones, so please do have your say by filling in the online survey.”

The council’s integrated plan, or budget, for the next financial year includes cash to cover increases in the National Living Wage, care worker pay rises, support for the voluntary sector, permanent funding to support victims of domestic violence and investment in safeguarding and disability services.

Other big-ticket items include £53m of investment in new special schools and specialist resource provision to enable delivery of the SEND strategy approved by cabinet in December 2020, £30m investment in developing a new joint firefighter and police training facility,

£10m each for the council’s climate change response and capital investment in sustainable projects, £7m for the rollout of 20mph speed limits and £3m for active travel schemes.

The budget consultation can be found here www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/budgetsurvey

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