Council Tax increase lowest for six years
24 February 2022
Richmond Council plans to keep the Council's share of the Council Tax increase at the lowest level for six years, recognising the increased financial pressures residents face due to the rising cost of living.
The proposals for Council Tax will be discussed at this week's Finance, Policy and Resources Committee meeting this evening (Thursday 24 February), after which Richmond's Full Council will consider the proposal to increase Council Tax by 1.94%, with 0.94% for core services and 1% to fund adult social care.
The non-social care element will be limited to just under half of the allowed increase set by the Government. With increasing demand for services to support adults with care needs, and significant pressure on the care sector generally, the 1% allowed for the Adult Social Care Precept is critical to support our elderly and vulnerable residents.
Richmond Council will use its budget to ensure that the economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are mitigated as far as possible. It will promote a strong recovery and continue to deliver on its key priorities. This includes budgeting for:
- Supporting High Streets and local businesses
- Expanding tree planting, improving biodiversity and protecting wildlife, as part of the climate emergency strategy
- Investing in the community safety team to tackle anti-social behaviour, as well as fly-tipping and noise nuisance
- An action plan to improve the safety of women and girls in the borough
- Supporting children's social care services
- Investing in youth services
- Delivering more affordable housing
- Looking after the borough's roads and pavements
- Maintaining libraries, playgrounds, leisure centres and parks
The precept charged by the Mayor of London is increasing by 8.78%. This means that the total band D bill will increase to £2,021.53, an increase of 3.2%.
Councillor Robin Brown, Richmond Council Lead Member for Finance, said:
"Your Council Tax will be used to help us bounce back from the pandemic, provide the core services you rely on and to make Richmond upon Thames a greener, safer and fairer place for everyone.
"We have worked hard to carefully manage the Council's finances considering continued uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of a long-term funding settlement from government. We recognise the pressure residents are under with the rising cost of living and we have tried to ease this pressure where possible, we continue to run our savings programs and will be reducing administration costs whilst protecting core services."
Up to: February 2022
Updated: 1 March 2022