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Council tax rise in Craven

Council tax rise in Craven

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 28th February 2020.

Council tax bills will rise in Craven after the council approved its annual budget last night.  

  • Council tax bills in Craven are set to go up after the council set its budget last night.     
  • Bills at Band D will rise by £5 per year.  
  • The council says the increase will continue to pay for local services 

An increase of council tax at Band D by £5 a year to £177.21, or £3.41 per week, was approved by councillors.  

Council tax was frozen in Craven for five years in a row but has been increased by £5 a year in each of the last four budgets.  It's after the government removed the Council Tax Freeze Grant and reduced the Revenue Support Grant down to zero from April 2019.

Skipton High Street

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of the Council said:

"We are proud to provide a range of excellent services for our residents, for just £3.41 per week for the average household.

"Your £3.41 per week helps us collect your bins, clean your streets, run community events and provide a vast number of other services including environmental health, housing and homelessness support, planning and economic development.

New gym machines at Craven Leisure
Craven Leisure

He added: 

"It helps us run Craven Leisure, as well as Skipton Town Hall and Craven Museum & Gallery, which are currently undergoing exciting renovations to create a cultural hub for the whole district. 

"We're pleased that in our Budget consultation last autumn we had a record number of respondents and the majority showed strong support for our priorities. 

"We acknowledge that a number of people do not wish to see an increase of £5 in council tax. However, we feel the best option to maintain services within Craven is to increase council tax by this small amount, which is less than 10p a week for the average household."