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Council tax: The situation across all Nottinghamshire areas


From April, everyone in Nottinghamshire will see an increase in the amount of council tax they pay.

Some councils are freezing their part of the tax, while others are increasing it by the maximum amount possible.

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The police and fire service are also increasing their share, meaning everyone will be paying more, wherever they live.

Though your council tax comes as one bill, it is actually shared out between several different groups.

For people in Nottingham, bills are split between Nottingham City Council, the fire service and the police.

For people in the county, bills are split between a district or borough council (such as Rushcliffe, Gedling or Bassetlaw), Nottinghamshire County Council, the police and the fire service.

The budgets (and council tax rates) have not yet been finalised by the councils, but most have now indicated what they expect the council tax to go up by.

For all authorities, there are government limits on how much council tax can be increased by, without holding a referendum.

City council – Run by Labour – payable by everyone in the city

The Labour-run Nottingham City Council is expected to increase its share of council tax by the maximum amount possible – 2.99 percent.

The head of the council, Jon Collins, said he understood why residents would be ‘angry’ about the proposals, but his council had been forced to take the action by the Government reducing the funding it gives to councils.

For Band A properties in the city, people will pay an extra £39.09 a year, while Band D properties will pay an additional £58.64.

County council – Led by the Conservatives – payable by everyone outside the city

The Conservative-led Nottinghamshire County Council plans to increase its council tax by the most it can – 3.99 percent overall.

It includes a one percent rise in the social care precept – money which is ring-fenced for spending on social care.

Senior Conservative councillor Richard Jackson said it was “regrettable” the council had “no choice other than to increase council tax”.

He said: “We’re caught between having less money from government and needing to spend a greater proportion of what’s left on life-and-death social care services.”

For Band A properties in the county, people will pay an extra £37.75 a year, while Band D properties will pay an additional £56.63.

Nottinghamshire Police – payable by everyone in and outside the city – increase by 12 percent

This is one of the few organisations which has already confirmed an increase.

It’s also the largest percentage rise, after the Home Office gave police forces the ability to raise their share by up to 12 percent.

The police and crime commissioner, Labour’s Paddy Tipping, has said the money will fund 40 new front line officers.

The force is also building a new joint headquarters for itself and the fire service, and replacing the custody suite at Bridewell.

For Band A properties people will pay an extra £15.96 a year, while Band D properties will pay an additional £23.94.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service – payable by everyone in and outside the city – increase by 2.95 percent.

The service said the amount it receives from the Government has gone down, and the rise is needed to offset this.

The force also plans to spend around £4 million on moving to a joint headquarters with the police.

This will still make up the smallest portion of your final council tax bill.

For Band A properties people will pay an extra £1.53 a year, while Band D properties will pay an additional £2.29.

District and borough councils

Ashfield District Council – Led by Ashfield Independents – Freeze council tax

The leader of the council, councillor Jason Zadrozny, said he was “delighted” to freeze council tax, and that the council had “worked extra hard to ensure no cuts to services or staffing”.

Bassetlaw District Council – Run by Labour – 2.96 percent rise

Head of finance, Councillor June Evans, said the Government phasing out its main grant to councils was behind the increase.

She said: “As all councils move towards being self-financing, we are proposing to increase council tax by 2.96 percent. For the majority of households in Bassetlaw this is an extra 6.5p per week.”

Broxtowe Borough Council – Run by the Conservatives – Freeze

The plan is to freeze council tax again. The chairman of the finance committee, Councillor Paul Simpson said: “The council continues to spend the available funds wisely and this means that we can freeze council tax for the fourth consecutive year, so residents keep more of their hard earned money.”

Gedling Borough Council – Run by Labour – Freeze

The leader of the council, John Clarke, said the “ambitious” freeze would “help residents”, while the council would continue to improve services.

Mansfield District Council – Run by Mansfield Independent Forum – Freeze

For the ninth consecutive year, Mansfield again voted to freeze council tax. However with a reduction in central funding from the Government of 65 percent since 2010, the council now needs to find savings of £3.1 million to balance the budget.

Finance boss councillor Roger Sutcliffe said there was “appreciation” from everyone that there “significant challenges facing the authority”.

Newark and Sherwood District Council – Run by the Conservatives

The council tax for next year has not yet been proposed by the council. Further details are expected at the end of February.

Rushcliffe Borough Council – Run by the Conservatives – 3.81 percent increase

The council is expected to increase council tax by just under the maximum amount allowed – to £4.95 a year.

Finance chief Councillor Gordon Moore said it would still be the lowest rate in the county, and in the bottom quarter of the country.

“It means the bill is just £25 higher than a decade ago,” he said. “The increase was introduced to ensure we maintain and improve services wherever possible, despite a significant cut in government funding in the last five years from £3.25m to zero with the council now having to bridge this funding gap.”


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