Plaid–led council proposes capping council tax rise to £1 a week

Pound coinThe Plaid Cymru led Carmarthenshire County Council is likely to cut the council tax increase for the coming year from the originally proposed 4.9% to 3.95%. That would mean a weekly increase of £1 on the average Band D property.

 

There's been a significant impact on the council’s budget during the past year due to Covid-19. Around £20m has been incurred in extra costs; about £10m. income lost; and Council Tax collection is currently around £2million lower than expected.

Cllr David Jenkins, Executive Board for Resources, said today that the public appreciate difficult choices must be made, but favoured the lowest increase possible. “I would like us to do everything we can to support our residents who continue to suffer great hardships due to this pandemic," he said.

 

Following the recent flooding, the Executive Board today advocated removing the savings proposals relating to gulley cleansing and street cleansing, and to reduce the cuts planned for highway surface dressing.

Additional funding has also been found to support the education department and to invest in the council’s TrueCall service which safeguards vulnerable residents from fraudsters.

Council Leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “We are very conscious of the struggles people are facing. We’ve worked hard to adjust our budget proposals so that we can continue to focus on critical services while minimising the impact on residents as far as possible.”

 

All 74 members of the council will meet next month to discuss the recommendation and make a final decision.


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  • Menai John
    commented 2021-03-28 15:23:19 +0100
    Having recently moved to Llanelli at the beginning of March they quickly charged me £120 council tax for the month. Later during the month I get a new council tax bill for £157 per month a difference of £37pm divided by 4or 5 week month equals a rise of £9.25pw or £7.40pw and where is the justification in that rise for a single person whose only use is refuse collection and green waste you charge an extra £45, Absolute Disgrace. Green waste can be turned into compost and resold to the public at a discount.
  • Gwynfor Edwards
    published this page in News 2021-02-22 16:28:53 +0000

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