Council tax will rise but not by much

Coun Eileen Blamire.
Coun Eileen Blamire.

HOUSEHOLDS in the Lancaster district face only a tiny increase in council tax from April.

Many homes will see their bills rise by just 0.24 per cent after three of the four authorities which levy the charge decided it should be frozen for the 2012/13 financial year.

Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Fire Authority all decided against increasing their levies, but Lancashire Police Authority will impose a 2.5 per cent rise.

That means an extra £3.66 on the bill of an average Band D property, whose occupants will face a bill of £1.514.13.

Residents who live in parish council areas, including Morecambe, could face a slightly larger percentage increase on their bills, depending on whether their parish council decided to raise its charge.

Lancaster City Council was meeting to finalise its budget as the Lancaster Guardian went to press.

Councillors looked set to reduce the authority’s overall spending by around six per cent to £20.1m – a £1.29m reduction on the 2011/12 budget.

The council will save around £300,000 based on underspends in 2011/12, while there are also efficiency savings in licensing, upkeep of parks, refuse collection, accountancy services and through a human resources and payroll software replacement.

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-03-12) for full story.