West Wiltshire residents facing council tax hikes

This Is Wiltshire: Jeff Osborn Jeff Osborn

People living in towns and villages across west Wiltshire will be paying more for local services this year, after several councils set their tax rate for 2014/15 this week.

Most of the increases have been made to cover a cut in the cash the smaller councils get from Wiltshire Council, because of a change in the way it gets government money. Councils now only get financial support for homes that do not receive housing benefit.

Trowbridge Town Council agreed to increase its council tax precept by 12.5 per cent on Tuesday, to compensate for the support grant being cut by the Government.

Annually, those living in Band D homes will now be charged £137.92 instead of £122.63, so the town council could cope with a grant reduction of £69,245.

“I know why the precept has gone up here – the coalition Government cocked up,” said Trowbridge Town and Wiltshire Independent councillor Jeff Osborn, pictured.

Warminster Town Council is to increase its precept by 10 per cent, meaning an annual increase of £7.37, from £73.70 to £81.07 for Band D properties, which works out as 14p a week, as the town’s support grant falls from £55,028 to £35,768.

The decision was confirmed at a full council meeting on Monday, with nine members voting for and four voting against.

Melksham Without Parish Council’s tax rate has been increased by just under 10 per cent. The council, which covers areas around the town including Bowerhill, Beanacre, Shaw Atworth and Whitley, unanimously approved the rise on Monday. The new precept will make an average household bill £41.63.

Parish clerk Mary Jarvis said: “It would be a 9.75 per cent increase, or an extra 7p per week for an average Band D property, so it’s quite low.”

Bradford on Avon Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to increase its precept by 12.05 per cent, meaning an annual increase of £10.98, from £91.12 to £102.10 for Band D properties – 21.1p a week – and will cover the support grant fall from £32,583 down to £21,179.07.

Last financial year, £1.4m from the government was needed to cover the precepts of all Wiltshire’s town and parish councils. Wiltshire Council only got £1.1m and topped up the shortfall from its own funds. In November it decided it could not afford to do that again, and a 35 per cent reduction was agreed.

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2:24pm Fri 24 Jan 14

brasstacks says...

Please Wiltshire Times, get your Facts right before you Publish......

The Government have absolutely NO idea that Town & Parish Council even exist..

If Wiltshire Councils Conservative Led Cabinet are going to be allowed to go on spending and wasting money like they DO, then that has done and will continue to have, a 'knock on affect" on Local Council Tax Precepts...

We in Wiltshire and beyond, ARE being made to pay more and going without more etc at the expense of the Conservative 'fat cats" who do NOT think twice about Claiming 2nd Home Allowances as MP's and locally, give themselves pay rises like Jane Scott gave herself ??...

Most Town Councils ARE trying their very best to do their best for their Communities but, are sadly up against the appalling "tunnel vision" of the Conservatives....aka
: "one size fit all as long as you are a conservative cup"......

What a mad world we now live in if the Wiltshire Police Commissioner (Angus...) is allowed to get our Council Tax increased to pay for Police Services we ALREADY pay for and do NOT always get ?..

If the Police need more Man Power & Funding, then THEY should get together and challenge "Captain Dave" ....ps.....expect he is well protected at the mo' in Davros ??.....

How on earth can we ever expect to get Democracy in Wiltshire if we have to sit back and wait for Ms Scott and her Cabinet's NEXT "cuts" ??...

Perhaps if Ms Scott had NOT made SO many bad Financial Decisions with the Funding she has had from Government, there would be NO need to
increase Council Tax, "let staff go" etc etc etc ??.....

The "Legacy for Wiltshire" that Ms Scott is now doing the rounds taking about is an entirely separate one to the Legacy she HAS taken from us all in cutting the Services we pay her for and do NOT get..
Please Wiltshire Times, get your Facts right before you Publish...... The Government have absolutely NO idea that Town & Parish Council even exist.. If Wiltshire Councils Conservative Led Cabinet are going to be allowed to go on spending and wasting money like they DO, then that has done and will continue to have, a 'knock on affect" on Local Council Tax Precepts... We in Wiltshire and beyond, ARE being made to pay more and going without more etc at the expense of the Conservative 'fat cats" who do NOT think twice about Claiming 2nd Home Allowances as MP's and locally, give themselves pay rises like Jane Scott gave herself ??... Most Town Councils ARE trying their very best to do their best for their Communities but, are sadly up against the appalling "tunnel vision" of the Conservatives....aka : "one size fit all as long as you are a conservative cup"...... What a mad world we now live in if the Wiltshire Police Commissioner (Angus...) is allowed to get our Council Tax increased to pay for Police Services we ALREADY pay for and do NOT always get ?.. If the Police need more Man Power & Funding, then THEY should get together and challenge "Captain Dave" ....ps.....expect he is well protected at the mo' in Davros ??..... How on earth can we ever expect to get Democracy in Wiltshire if we have to sit back and wait for Ms Scott and her Cabinet's NEXT "cuts" ??... Perhaps if Ms Scott had NOT made SO many bad Financial Decisions with the Funding she has had from Government, there would be NO need to increase Council Tax, "let staff go" etc etc etc ??..... The "Legacy for Wiltshire" that Ms Scott is now doing the rounds taking about is an entirely separate one to the Legacy she HAS taken from us all in cutting the Services we pay her for and do NOT get.. brasstacks

2:35pm Fri 24 Jan 14

melkshamwizard says...

i would not mind the increase if we got what we pay for ,not lining the pockets of councilors , street cleaning never seems to happen away from town centre regular enough,as for the police the sight of one walking the town would be welcomed,not sat in cars popping around when they feel like it.
i would not mind the increase if we got what we pay for ,not lining the pockets of councilors , street cleaning never seems to happen away from town centre regular enough,as for the police the sight of one walking the town would be welcomed,not sat in cars popping around when they feel like it. melkshamwizard

3:08pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Room101 says...

To many bees around the honey pot. Cut number of Councillors.
To many bees around the honey pot. Cut number of Councillors. Room101

7:18pm Fri 24 Jan 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

It's what's known as "the shell game" - Wiltshire Council say they're cutting costs and "increasing efficiency" whilst shedding assets that require maintenance to town councils - who - surprise, surprise aren't covered by the council tax "capping mechanism".so they can still crank on tax - collected by force if necessary - what's not to like?
It's what's known as "the shell game" - Wiltshire Council say they're cutting costs and "increasing efficiency" whilst shedding assets that require maintenance to town councils - who - surprise, surprise aren't covered by the council tax "capping mechanism".so they can still crank on tax - collected by force if necessary - what's not to like? moonrakin wurzel

7:19pm Fri 24 Jan 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

oh, and brasstacks - if you think this is a party political issue - you need to look around a bit.
oh, and brasstacks - if you think this is a party political issue - you need to look around a bit. moonrakin wurzel

9:39pm Fri 24 Jan 14

nesspah says...

moonrakin wurzel wrote:
It's what's known as "the shell game" - Wiltshire Council say they're cutting costs and "increasing efficiency" whilst shedding assets that require maintenance to town councils - who - surprise, surprise aren't covered by the council tax "capping mechanism".so they can still crank on tax - collected by force if necessary - what's not to like?
What really annoys me is that they think we're so stupid that we won't realise it's happening.
[quote][p][bold]moonrakin wurzel[/bold] wrote: It's what's known as "the shell game" - Wiltshire Council say they're cutting costs and "increasing efficiency" whilst shedding assets that require maintenance to town councils - who - surprise, surprise aren't covered by the council tax "capping mechanism".so they can still crank on tax - collected by force if necessary - what's not to like?[/p][/quote]What really annoys me is that they think we're so stupid that we won't realise it's happening. nesspah

12:39pm Sat 25 Jan 14

brandx says...

This increase in town and parish council precepts can be clearly laid at the door of the coalition government's so called "welfare reforms". Without going into all the technical detail, this has meant the cutting of Council Tax benefit for many and the lowering of the local tax base; meaning that this level of local authority has had to plug a hole of thousands of pounds in their finances.

Without doubt it is a George Osborn sleight of hans manoeuvre to make the poor paty more with the unappreciated knock on for the towns and parishes. Wiltshire Council could have assisted as they did last year, but this year the Leader and Cabinet decided they needed the money themselves.
This increase in town and parish council precepts can be clearly laid at the door of the coalition government's so called "welfare reforms". Without going into all the technical detail, this has meant the cutting of Council Tax benefit for many and the lowering of the local tax base; meaning that this level of local authority has had to plug a hole of thousands of pounds in their finances. Without doubt it is a George Osborn sleight of hans manoeuvre to make the poor paty more with the unappreciated knock on for the towns and parishes. Wiltshire Council could have assisted as they did last year, but this year the Leader and Cabinet decided they needed the money themselves. brandx

5:07pm Thu 6 Feb 14

kaspencer says...

This report contains a factual error: Atworth is not within the Melksham Without Parish - it is a civil parish in it's own right.
KAS
This report contains a factual error: Atworth is not within the Melksham Without Parish - it is a civil parish in it's own right. KAS kaspencer

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