County Hall council tax set to rise by 1.49 per cent

Gazette: Deputy leader of Essex County Council Kevin Bentley. Deputy leader of Essex County Council Kevin Bentley.

COUNCIL tax paid to County Hall is set to rise by 1.49 per cent.

Essex County Council's budget plans have been published this evening.

The Conservative administration has set out the increase in its share, which equates to a £16.19 rise for a Band D home for the 2014-15 financial year, or 31p per week.

Council tax charged by the authority has been frozen for the past three years.

A government grant would have been available for a freeze or rise less than one per cent, but the extra charge will generation an additional £2.9million for the authority.

This extra cash will be spent in three areas:

  • £1million on facilities for young people as part of the shake-up of youth services
  • £500,000 on the apprenticeship scheme
  • £1.4million on care support and early intervention for people with physical and learning needs.

The council also plans to spend £90million on highways projects including schemes for the A12, A120, A13 and A127 on top of cash for pothole repairs.

Deputy leader Kevin Bentley said: "This is a very modest increase, and with everything we do we have been very clear we are going to reinvest into the people and taxpayers of Essex."

Essex County Council receives 73p in every pound of council tax, with the rest of the money going to police, fire and local councils.

The budget plans will be debated at the authority's cabinet next Tuesday, with full council voting on the final proposals during its February meeting.

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5:07pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Have Greggs put their pie prices up then?
Have Greggs put their pie prices up then? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 23

6:46pm Tue 14 Jan 14

pierre-pierre says...

my paper comes out Thursday not Wednesday, would be a help to know what rag it appeared in


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8:56pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Essex County Council receives 73p in every pound of council tax, with the rest of the money going to police, fire and local councils.

Give the 73p to the local councils and cut out an extra layer of bureaucracy.
Essex County Council receives 73p in every pound of council tax, with the rest of the money going to police, fire and local councils. Give the 73p to the local councils and cut out an extra layer of bureaucracy. Nebs
  • Score: 18

10:24pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Reginald47 says...

Bit cheeky - Eric won't be pleased!
Bit cheeky - Eric won't be pleased! Reginald47
  • Score: 2

8:52am Wed 15 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Why is it that every polition's photo is the one face you would love to slap?
Why is it that every polition's photo is the one face you would love to slap? stevedawson
  • Score: 6

9:52am Wed 15 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

A bargain, I would have with four times that chicken feed
A bargain, I would have with four times that chicken feed Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 0

10:09am Wed 15 Jan 14

Ontheball says...

Why the hike, they are currently not value for money, let alone asking for more cash. Is it for councillors perks and freebies?
Why the hike, they are currently not value for money, let alone asking for more cash. Is it for councillors perks and freebies? Ontheball
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10:10am Wed 15 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

There is actually no excuse for any tax rise at the moment. Our pay - if we are lucky - is going up at less than inflation, so cut services so the tax goes up at less than inflation.

Inexcusable.
There is actually no excuse for any tax rise at the moment. Our pay - if we are lucky - is going up at less than inflation, so cut services so the tax goes up at less than inflation. Inexcusable. Jack222
  • Score: 2

10:32am Wed 15 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

And today I read in the Echo of the £440,000 being spent on the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service.

A visit to their website reveals columns of percentages appertaining to "racism", something this service seems obsessed with and no real evidence to back it up despite their promises at improving community cohesions and educating schools about "racism". More leftie codswallop.

There are more travesties like this if you look at the other "minority" rubbish this council spends your money on.

Then to add insult to injury they spend £6.7million of your money switching your street lights off - to save, wait for it, £1million a year.

It's time the public took an interest in how their council tax is spent because in my opinion, with the above - and fewer police - on the streets, I think it's time for a rebate, not an increase.
And today I read in the Echo of the £440,000 being spent on the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service. A visit to their website reveals columns of percentages appertaining to "racism", something this service seems obsessed with and no real evidence to back it up despite their promises at improving community cohesions and educating schools about "racism". More leftie codswallop. There are more travesties like this if you look at the other "minority" rubbish this council spends your money on. Then to add insult to injury they spend £6.7million of your money switching your street lights off - to save, wait for it, £1million a year. It's time the public took an interest in how their council tax is spent because in my opinion, with the above - and fewer police - on the streets, I think it's time for a rebate, not an increase. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -4

11:02am Wed 15 Jan 14

BlueLodge says...

It is frankly outrageous that Kevin Bentley has the audacity to describe this as a "very modest increase" against a background of wage stagnation and above inflation cost increases of commuting, food and fuel. It is an increase not a "very modest increase". With council staff salaries frozen for the past three years, job cuts across the board and a coalition fuelled cut back in local government services generally, any increase is indefensible. Perhaps Mr Bentley needs to spend even more time in China to help ignite economic growth in Essex?
It is frankly outrageous that Kevin Bentley has the audacity to describe this as a "very modest increase" against a background of wage stagnation and above inflation cost increases of commuting, food and fuel. It is an increase not a "very modest increase". With council staff salaries frozen for the past three years, job cuts across the board and a coalition fuelled cut back in local government services generally, any increase is indefensible. Perhaps Mr Bentley needs to spend even more time in China to help ignite economic growth in Essex? BlueLodge
  • Score: 0

12:33pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Ian P says...

Why not round it up to 1.5% and turn the #"&*%y^ street lights on again?
Why not round it up to 1.5% and turn the #"&*%y^ street lights on again? Ian P
  • Score: 3

2:01pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Reginald47 says...

Jack222 wrote:
There is actually no excuse for any tax rise at the moment. Our pay - if we are lucky - is going up at less than inflation, so cut services so the tax goes up at less than inflation. Inexcusable.
Err .... a 1.49 per cent rise is less than inflation which is at 2 per cent. Having said that, no with the millions they have avalable it shouldn't rise at all,
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: There is actually no excuse for any tax rise at the moment. Our pay - if we are lucky - is going up at less than inflation, so cut services so the tax goes up at less than inflation. Inexcusable.[/p][/quote]Err .... a 1.49 per cent rise is less than inflation which is at 2 per cent. Having said that, no with the millions they have avalable it shouldn't rise at all, Reginald47
  • Score: -1

5:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

LauqhLast.. says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
And today I read in the Echo of the £440,000 being spent on the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service.

A visit to their website reveals columns of percentages appertaining to "racism", something this service seems obsessed with and no real evidence to back it up despite their promises at improving community cohesions and educating schools about "racism". More leftie codswallop.

There are more travesties like this if you look at the other "minority" rubbish this council spends your money on.

Then to add insult to injury they spend £6.7million of your money switching your street lights off - to save, wait for it, £1million a year.

It's time the public took an interest in how their council tax is spent because in my opinion, with the above - and fewer police - on the streets, I think it's time for a rebate, not an increase.
If the stats are lies then why not expose them as such instead of just saying they are..you do have the proof they are lies dont you?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: And today I read in the Echo of the £440,000 being spent on the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service. A visit to their website reveals columns of percentages appertaining to "racism", something this service seems obsessed with and no real evidence to back it up despite their promises at improving community cohesions and educating schools about "racism". More leftie codswallop. There are more travesties like this if you look at the other "minority" rubbish this council spends your money on. Then to add insult to injury they spend £6.7million of your money switching your street lights off - to save, wait for it, £1million a year. It's time the public took an interest in how their council tax is spent because in my opinion, with the above - and fewer police - on the streets, I think it's time for a rebate, not an increase.[/p][/quote]If the stats are lies then why not expose them as such instead of just saying they are..you do have the proof they are lies dont you? LauqhLast..
  • Score: -1

12:25am Thu 16 Jan 14

paultheuver1 says...

Breaking news - Anticipated Council Tax increase announced.

We are told that we need to pay the 'market rate' for some in public office, such as MP's, Council executives and paid Councillors. Yet all too often they seem to paying out vast sums of taxpayer’s money to external 'experts' and consultants. I may be wrong but to me, almost anyone could manage that.

Of course everyone wants to be well paid for their endeavours, but not every job pays top money. The 'market rate' was established in the private sector - Where skill and ability is rightly rewarded by the going rate - Or not, if that individual falls short or adversely affects the business.
Whereas in the public sector, positions are being linked to the 'market rate', seemingly without regard to the expectations on those in the private sector, i.e. being cost effective.
You have to wonder how the high flyers in the public sector would last in the private sector - where there are no tax payers to hide behind.

In the photo Councillor Kevin Bentley looks very pleased, and why wouldn't he be. The ECC website reveals that between April 2012 and March 2013, County Councillors were paid more than £1.6 million. Of that, Councillor Bentley received £11,499.96 basic pay and £35,310 special responsibility pay. He also claimed £4,008.45 mileage and £804.89 fares, although he claimed nothing for subsistence/accommod
ation or care.

An earlier commenter has one thing right when stating that, "It's time the public took an interest in how their council tax is spent".
Breaking news - Anticipated Council Tax increase announced. We are told that we need to pay the 'market rate' for some in public office, such as MP's, Council executives and paid Councillors. Yet all too often they seem to paying out vast sums of taxpayer’s money to external 'experts' and consultants. I may be wrong but to me, almost anyone could manage that. Of course everyone wants to be well paid for their endeavours, but not every job pays top money. The 'market rate' was established in the private sector - Where skill and ability is rightly rewarded by the going rate - Or not, if that individual falls short or adversely affects the business. Whereas in the public sector, positions are being linked to the 'market rate', seemingly without regard to the expectations on those in the private sector, i.e. being cost effective. You have to wonder how the high flyers in the public sector would last in the private sector - where there are no tax payers to hide behind. In the photo Councillor Kevin Bentley looks very pleased, and why wouldn't he be. The ECC website reveals that between April 2012 and March 2013, County Councillors were paid more than £1.6 million. Of that, Councillor Bentley received £11,499.96 basic pay and £35,310 special responsibility pay. He also claimed £4,008.45 mileage and £804.89 fares, although he claimed nothing for subsistence/accommod ation or care. An earlier commenter has one thing right when stating that, "It's time the public took an interest in how their council tax is spent". paultheuver1
  • Score: -1

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