Buckinghamshire Council’s (BC) Cabinet has approved the draft budget plan for the financial year 2023-24.
High inflation and increased demand for services mean that, in spite of savings from becoming a unitary authority, the council needs to find an extra £63million to cover its costs for the coming year.
The Cabinet has therefore agreed to put forward a 2.99 per cent rise in the base rate of council tax and a plan to take up the government’s proposal for a social care precept of two per cent, meaning a total rise of 4.99 per cent in bills.
Councillor Martin Tett, Leader of BC, said: “As almost all of our income now comes from council tax and business rates, with the rise in the costs of providing our services, it means we’ve had to propose a further rise in council tax this year.
“I do not take this lightly and want to urge any household concerned with meeting their costs to contact our council tax team direct and if needed, to also take a look at the cost-of-living advice at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/cost-of-living”