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Council Tax WordleCouncil tax bills will rise by at least 3% across Wyre Forest, with every household paying more in 2016-17 when bills arrive in March.

Wyre Forest District Council is freezing its element of the council tax for two years, in 2016 and 2017, but Worcestershire County Council, Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia are asking local residents to pay more.

The picture among parish and town councils is mixed, with some increasing council tax and others freezing it.

Most householders will see bills rise by 3 to 3.1%, although in Kidderminster bills will rise by 4.7% as residents pay the first precept issued by the newly created Kidderminster Town Council.

Bills for some working age people on low incomes who receive support under the council tax reduction scheme will also be higher due to increases in minimum contribution rates (up from 10% to 20%).

Councillor Nathan Desmond, Cabinet Member for Resources, said “My colleagues and I at Wyre Forest District Council have taken the bold decision to freeze our share of council tax in 2016 and we plan to do so again in 2017 in order to help households across the distrct,

“The District Council provides excellent value for money, with a Band D household paying less than £4 a week for the wide range of services we provide including refuse and recycling collection, parks and leisure services, licensing and planning, welfare support and Bewdley Museum.”

“However total council tax bills are increasing for everyone because of decisions by other local government bodies, including the decision by Worcestershire County Council to add 2% to council tax for adult social care. Wyre Forest District Council has no control over those decisions – we are required by law to collect council tax on their behalf.”

The average Band D bill in Wyre Forest will increase by 3.9% from £1,562.76 to £1,623.25. The average household in Wyre Forest is at Band B and therefore will pay lower amounts than this. The table shows the changes in council tax that have been decided by the various local government bodies.

PARISH

WFDC

WCC

 

(includes 2% for adult   social care)

 

POLICE

FIRE

TOWN/PARISH COUNCIL

TOTAL CHANGE

Kidderminster * see note   below

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

* See note below

4.7%

Stourport

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

0%

3%

Bewdley

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

3.5%

3.1%

Upper Arley

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

0%

3%

Broome

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

4.4%

3.1%

Chaddesley Corbett

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

4.3%

3.1%

Churchill & Blakedown

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

0%

 

3%

Kidderminster Foreign

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

3%

3.1%

Ribbesford

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

N/A

3.1%

Rock

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

7.3%

3.1%

Rushock

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

5%

3.1%

Stone

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

6%

3.1%

Wolverley & Cookley

0%

3.94%

1.99%

1.96%

1%

3.1%

The figures in the table relate to the total council tax bill. They do not take account of the impact of changes in the council tax reduction scheme for working age people on lower incomes.

Kidderminster Town Council  

This is the first year in which the town council has raised resources from precept and therefore no like-for-like comparison can be made. The town council’s share of council tax in 2016-17 will be £29 at Band D. The Kidderminster Charter Trustees (now abolished) raised £4.20 at Band D in 2015-16.

 


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