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Saturday April 4th 2020

Tandridge Council to increase district council tax by average of £6.27

Last night’s Council meeting agreed an increase of £6.27 (£2.99%) for a Band D property in Tandridge District Council’s share of the council tax for 2019/2020.

This means the Council’s share of Band D council tax will increase to £215.98, which is just over £4.15 a week to help pay for a wide range of services including recycling and waste collections, planning, street sweeping, housing, housing benefits and children’s play areas.

The increase will help fund work to improve town centres, invest in parks and open spaces, deliver affordable homes and support the district’s most vulnerable residents.

Surrey County Council, which provides services including schools, adult social care, children services, roads, fire and rescue and libraries, together with the office of the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, have both increased their Band D level for 2019/2020.

Surrey County Council has agreed an overall council tax rise, including social care, of 2.99% in 2019/2020, while the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner agreed an increase of 10.15%.

This year’s total band D Council Tax will be £1930.05 this is an increase of 3.9%, which is divided among the different organisations as follows:

Authority 2018/2019 2019/2020  Increase
Tandridge District Council £209.71 £215.98 2.99%
Surrey County Council £1,411.29 £1,453.50 2.99% including adult social care
Surrey Police & Crime Commissioner £236.57 £260.57 10.15%

This Band D figure does not include parish precepts, which will vary across the district. An average increase across the district including parish precepts is 3.95%. Bletchingley Parish Council however has taken the decision not to increase its precept for 2019/2020. 

Most people on income support, guaranteed pension credit, or very low incomes will continue to have the cost of council tax fully met by council tax support. Other people will automatically have their council tax support recalculated to reflect their revised council tax bills.

Chair of the Strategy & Resources Committee, Councillor Martin Fisher, said: “Like every council, we are working towards being financially self-sufficient due to reduced government funding. This balanced budget agreed at the Council meeting allows us to continue delivering our services to a high standard, support our more vulnerable residents and provide better services for future generations.

“We have increased our funding for playground provision by £50,000 to be match funded by parish councils and have committed to providing £75,000 towards a new family resilience service solution to replace children’s centres.

“At the same time, we have saved £1.1m in staffing costs though radical restructuring of the way the Council operates. We are also on track to deliver significantly higher income (£252,000) from our investments, both in the district and elsewhere.”

All committee meetings are broadcast live and remain available to view on the Council’s website for six months.