Council tax rise is a "balancing act" says finance chief

Ledbury Reporter: Councillor Paul Cumming Councillor Paul Cumming

MALVERN Hills District Council is raising its council tax demand by two per cent.

The news means that an average Band D household in the district will pay £1,482 in the 2013/14 financial year - an increase of £2.65 per year.

Councillors unanimously agreed the increase at a full council meeting on Tuesday evening.

Paul Cumming, portfolio holder for finance, said the increase was a “balancing figure” reflecting the pressures on both residents’ and the council’s finances.

“I personally would have preferred to see no increase because times are very difficult for our residents generally,” he said. “But we have to be very aware of what is coming in the next two years and not taking some money now could make those problems worse.

“I think the two per cent is a balancing figure.”

Neighbouring councils Wychavon and Worcester City are freezing their council tax demands for the forthcoming financial year. Worcestershire County Council has also approved a council tax freeze.

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8:27pm Wed 20 Feb 13

sarah and her chickens says...

That was at the same meeting where they spent £1.6 million creating a bin service that will cost us 17 p more a week to run !!!!
Well I shall knock the cost of me not having a wheelie bin off my council tax.
MHDC is just a farce !
That was at the same meeting where they spent £1.6 million creating a bin service that will cost us 17 p more a week to run !!!! Well I shall knock the cost of me not having a wheelie bin off my council tax. MHDC is just a farce ! sarah and her chickens
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10:26pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Landy44 says...

Shameful - do they not know the country is basically bankrupt? Clearly not it seems. How inept.
Shameful - do they not know the country is basically bankrupt? Clearly not it seems. How inept. Landy44
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