Councillors decide on 10p a week increase to average council tax bill to protect frontline services

Frontline services will continue to be protected after Chichester District Councillors decided to increase the average council tax bill by 10p a week.

This means that the average Band D council tax payer will pay £3 a week for services provided by the council.

The decision was made at a meeting of full Council on Tuesday 5 March.

Chichester District Council charges one of the lowest council tax rates in the country due to the amount of savings it has made over the past few years.

Although the council collects the council tax, this is then distributed to a number of public services. The council's share equates to around 9% of the amount paid each year. The rest goes to:

  • West Sussex County Council (around 78%)

  • Sussex Police (around 10%), and

  • Parish councils (3% on average).

Each of these public service providers makes decisions about its council tax increases independently, and will finalise their amounts for the next financial year in the coming weeks.

"We are keen to keep council tax as low as we can, while still being able to protect vital public services for our residents," says Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council.

"The council is continuing to work hard to ensure that support is in place for the people in our community who need it most. We also recognise that we need to make further savings to cope with cuts to our Government funding and so we continue to work on our deficit reduction plan. This aims to generate further income and savings over the next few years, which we hope will minimise future council tax increases.

"Although we collect all of the council tax, we only keep around 9% of this. We feel that £3 a week for the average taxpayer is excellent value for money considering the many services we deliver 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have been able to achieve this through proactive and robust financial planning. With significant government cuts, this has not been easy. However, we have done everything possible to reduce our costs, while continuing to maintain important frontline services.

"Unlike many other local authorities, we are also making sure that we protect those on low incomes by continuing to maintain the same level of council tax reduction that we offer. This means that those on low incomes will be protected from any council tax increase."

Chichester District Council provides more than 80 services, which are delivered over a 24-hour period. It empties bins, checks food hygiene standards, cleans the streets, looks after the coastline, cares for parks and open spaces and provides support and reassurance to the vulnerable - to name just a few services.


How do you work out council tax?

The Valuation Office Agency  places your property into a band. This depends on the size of your property and the area in which you live. If you think your home is in the wrong band, you should contact the Valuation Office.

To work out the value for each tax band, we divide the amount of council tax required by a number known as the council tax base. This number is set by the Government. This then gives us the council tax rate for band D, with the other bands calculated as a proportion of this.

Date of Release: 7 March 2018

Reference: 3794