Dereham town council increases its share of council tax by 24 times the rate of inflation

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
12:08 PM

Dereham Town Council will increase its share of council tax by 66pc.

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The rise, which amounts to just under £1 a week, will see its element of council tax go up to £128 a year for band D properties. The council had previously warned its precept could increase by 70pc.

Two councillors, Phillip Duigan and Robin Goreham, abstained in last night’s vote to approve the town council’s 2013-14 budget.

The lion’s share of council tax bills is set by Norfolk County Council, which has frozen its element, while the new police and crime commissioner will increase his precept by just under 2pc. Breckland Council is proposing a 7.8pc rise.

Dereham town councillors blamed their increase, which is 24 times the rate of inflation, on the future loss of a £85,000 annual grant for council tax support, and extra responsibilities it is taking from Breckland Council, including play areas and open spaces.

Town clerk Tony Needham said the council had planned to phase in the tax rise over a number of years.

However, he said the possible introduction of council tax referendums for town and parish councils in the future meant it decided to raise all the extra income this year to avoid possible future shortfalls.

7 comments

  • ASK THE COUNCIL FOR A REFERENDUM ON THESE STEEP INCREASES!

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • What is this? not a word about holding a referendum over these increases? If ten people care to go to their Dereham offices or ask via email for these increases to be put to the voters, then that is what has to happen.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • All good points made by here by everyone. Media Doc I agree with you to a point but I strongly advocate getting rid of the district councils and have a Unitary Authority for Norfolk. This would save Norfolk over £4 million in councillor allowances alone. I would give Parish & Town Councils a bit more freedom and powers to help serve their village town. Dereham is the exception because a great many Parishes work hard for their communities. It is worth remembering that Parish councillors receive no allowances for the work that they do despite having the power to tax you and I to pay for them if they so wish. I have been told that Swanton Morley for example has set it's precept at 0.88% lower than last year but with the introduction of changes to Council Tax benefits by the Government its actual precept means Swanton Morley has an increase of 1.19% which is still lower than inflation. I can tell you that the individuals involved in setting their budget spent several long hours finalising it so as not to have a negative impact on their residents. Dereham TC have clearly got this badly wrong. I would however say that they have not been helped by Breckland Council who are adept at offloading their responsibilities if you let them. NCC are also now trying the same trick. The only problem is that once the financial problems get passed from Government down to NCC down to Breckland and then down to Parishes there is nobody else to pass it on to so there is a stark chocie for these volunteer councillors...charge more to maintain a service or reduce the service. Residents don't like either option!

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    BigX

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Yes, go on, grab it all now. Next year there might be a referendum if you try a similar stunt so it's no good waiting. Check out rising village precepts too, equally outrageous. These people have no intention of trying to live within their means, and why would they when there's an open door to keep increasing taxation each year. And they clearly don't give two hoots about the burden they are imposing on taxpayers, probably because the over-taxed idiots keep voting them back into office.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Good point well made ingo, however the the District Council will pass the cost of the referendum to the town council (this will run into thousands) and therefore the tax payers of Dereham. This would be worth doing (in fact I would instigate it) if the decision was legally binding. Dereham TC has shown no regard for its parishioners in this decision and I suspect that they would show no regard for the result of a referendum. And by the time the results of the referendum are known I'm sure we'd be well into the new financial year and it would likely be too late to reverse the decision. The people of Dereham have been right royally pooped upon!

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    Catty

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • This is tantamount to legalised theft. At least Dick Turpin used to ask for the money! This lot of tin pot non-entities know that if there is a referendum their request will be turned down. It may be only a £1 a week but that is £52 a year. Add in the Breckland Council tax 7.8% rise and the Police 1.8% increase and here we are with a staggering amount of money being taken from our pockets. It is a disgrace and particularly cruel after years of no economic growth. In the 21st century we don't need all these layers of bureaucy in Norfolk. No company would still be in business if it had the same levels of management as it did decades ago. I think it is time for a massive cull of town and regional councils. No one knows who these people are, they will not be missed.

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    MediaDoc

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Its all very well saying who abstained, what about naming and shaming the perpetrators?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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