A zero increase in base Council Tax threshold has been put forward as part of new budget proposals from BCP council.
In a statement released on the 21 January, Leader of the BCP council, Councillor Drew Mellor said: “I am delighted to bring forward our proposals which will see a zero increase in the base Council Tax threshold.
“We believe this would represent one of the lowest Council Tax increases anywhere in the country over the last two years.”
He continued: “Our budget proposals bring forward financially credible solutions to ensure we are financially resilient and sustainable into the future, as we continue to deliver on our Big Plan commitment to invest in our iconic place, build new homes, create jobs for local people, and create wealth for our businesses and families.”
The council also plans to invest more than £24 million to help protect and support the most vulnerable people in the community, but that will mean collecting the 4% Adult Social Care precept which was delayed last year.
The council stated that this equates to 17p a day for people living in Band D properties.
The proposals also include:
- A £20 million Green Futures Fund to tackle the climate agenda and allow the council to achieve their goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.
- £5 million pounds to continue regeneration opportunities in Christchurch, supporting arts and culture as well as rolling out further community safety initiatives.
- An extra £8.2 million to continue maximising positivity and pride in place including the council’s Cleaner, Greener, Safer programme. It will also tackle some key issues such as essential road maintenance and pothole repairs.
- £1.5 million is also being set aside to improve the councils customer services creating a modern efficient and flexible service for people in the BCP area.
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