Guide to council tax increases where you live

PUBLISHED: 15:09 20 March 2019

East Devon council tax bill for 2019/20. Picture: Beth Sharp

East Devon council tax bill for 2019/20. Picture: Beth Sharp

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Your council tax is going up but why?

Residents across East Devon have now all been sent their bill for 2019/20. The authorities will be tasked with collecting £112.2million for the next financial year.

You council tax will be split five ways:

● 73 per cent (approx) to Devon County Council.

● 11 per cent to Devon and Cornwall Police.

● 5 per cent goes to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue.

● 7 per cent to East Devon District Council.

● 4 per cent to town and parish councils.

The average Band D property in Axminster will pay £1,913.38 during the next financial year.

Axminster Town Council (ATC) has increased its precept by around 12.5 per cent, costing the average Band D property £88.81, an extra £11 a year to fund local services. ATC’s overall budget has risen from £214,557 last year to £244,558.

The town council increase is partly due to the fact that it no longer receives any council tax support grant from the Government - which last year was nearly £3,000 – and its plan to employ a lengthsman.

The average Band D property in Seaton will pay £1,926.47 during the next financial year.

Seaton Town council has agreed to increase its precept by 1.9 per cent to £325,917.84. An Average band D property will pay £101.60, an increase of £1.94 on last year. The councils overall budget to fund local services is £398,217, of which £72,299.16 will be met with income and reserves.

The average Band D property in Honiton will pay £1,895.95 during the next financial year.

Honiton Town Council has set its precept at £277,637.

The average Band D property in Cranbrook will pay £2,080.90 during the next financial year.

Cranbrook Town Council (CTC) has not asked for more money this year but will be given £409,648 from the council tax pot for 2019/20. The average Band D property will contribute £256.03 to CTC. And, residents in the town have the most expensive council tax bills in the district because it is a new town and has to pay for services, like maintaining open spaces, that are normally covered by the district and county council.

In total, £401.6million of taxpayers’ money will be given to Devon County Council to provide services for education, roads, care for the elderly and disabled, child protection, public health, libraries, recycling centres and waste disposal. The average Band D property has been asked to pay £1,384.29 next year, an extra £53.10 compared to 2018/19. This rise is down to £13.5million in Government funding cuts.

Of the four per cent rise, three per cent will pay for general expenditure, while the other one per cent is ringfenced for adult social care.

The amount of money going to the police has risen by £24 a year. The average Band D property will pay £212.28 a year, generating an additional £15.2million for the force’s overall budget. This has been set as £129.6million for the next financial year. Most of the increase will go towards funding a deficit in the police pension fund and rising operational costs. The force has also pledged that the money will be used to hire 85 new police officers by 2020.

Band D residents will pay £147.78 to East Devon District Council (EDDC) this year, £5 more than in 2018/19.

EDDC plans to spend £71.1million on providing services such as recycling and waste collections, housing, leisure, outdoor spaces and public health - £8million of this will be met through council tax.

Band D residents will also give £86.52 to fire service which plans to spend £83.1million in 2019/20, 53million of which comes from council tax, a rise of £1.3million (2.99 per cent) compared to last year.

The extra money will help meet the loss of Government funding which has been cut for 2019/20 by 25.4 per cent. The authority is expected to make savings of between £8.4million and £14.6million by 2022 and has pledged to continue raising funding issues with the Government.

There are 78 parishes across East Devon with band D properties paying council tax bills between £1,824.87 (Clyst St Lawrence) and £2,080.90 (Cranbrook).

The areas with the top most expensive council tax bills include Broadclyst (2nd), Clyst Honiton (3rd), Seaton (4th), Rockbeare (5th), Axminster (6th), Monkton (7th), Sidmouth (8th), Honiton (9th), Bishops Clyst (10th) and Exmouth (11th).

Band D properties in Cranbrook pay £154 more than the same band pays in Seaton, £167 than Axminster, £183 more than Sidmouth, £185 more than Honiton and 196 more than Exmouth.

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