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Craven households to pay more council tax

Craven households to pay more council tax

Published at 5:12pm 29th February 2016. (Updated at 4:26pm 1st March 2016)

Council tax bills across Craven are going to increase by over 3% from April.

It follows a freeze for five years in a row and comes after the Government removed the grant which is given to Craven District Council for freezing rates.

The authority's overall funding this year has been reduced by 38%, which is a loss in cash terms of £432,000.

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council, said that increasing council tax was "a difficult decision to make" and has warned that there will be more severe funding cuts over the next few years.

He added: "We are proud that we have managed to freeze council tax for the last five years, but we felt that increasing it this year was the best option, so we can continue to support and serve our communities.

"An increase of 10p per week is a very small amount for residents, but it will make a big difference to the council as a whole.

"Craven District Council will continue to deliver excellent value for money for residents, who pay an average of just £3 per week for all the services we provide.

"We have made significant savings of £154,000 over the last year; a cumulative savings total of £973,000. We continue to look for ways to cut costs and increase income wherever possible.

"We are pleased we have been able to put forward a robust and balanced budget, given the enormous pressures facing local government."

Craven District Council tax makes up less than 10% of the total council tax bill.

North Yorkshire County Council, the police, fire service and parishes set the rates for their proportion.