Nearly half of Breckland residents back “maximum” council tax increase

Breckland Council chief executive addresses a public meeting in Swaffham about the council's future Breckland Council chief executive addresses a public meeting in Swaffham about the council's future

Thursday, October 18, 2012
10:01 AM

Nearly of half of Breckland residents want the council to increase council tax by the maximum possible, according to the results of the survey about how it fills a projected £3m budget shortfall over the next five years.

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Nearly 750 people completed the Could We? Should We? questionnaire after the council held five public meetings in the district’s market towns.

Opposition to the introduction of parking charges dominated comments from local businessmen and residents, and only 7.8pc of people surveyed wanted the council to recoup the entire £300,000 cost of running the car parks from fees.

However, respondents were more evenly split about whether the council should keep parking completely free, which was backed by 50.8pc, or introduce charges after one or two hours, which was backed by 41.4pc.

Breckland Council currently has the lowest district council tax rate in the country, but 46.9pc of residents said they wanted it to increase council tax by the maximum possible.

One third wanted tax to be pegged to the level of inflation, and 20.2pc wanted the current council tax freeze to be continued.

Residents were also asked to rank 10 council services it could cut or reduce to save money.

Regular street cleaning, a community safety service and CCTV provision were the most highly valued, while the council’s Voice magazine and funding for sports and the arts came bottom.

The results will now be considered by councillors as they decide the future of council finances.

4 comments

  • How many of those wanting to increase council tax actually pay any, or the full amount of council tax? Easy to vote for someone else to pay.

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    richguyb

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • I wonder just how many of those voting for an increase actually pay full council tax. The level of inflation at this time, is less the freeze figures published by Eric Pickles, so if Breckland accept the Governments offer, all should be well. Council tax in real terms will have gone down, by 9% if this freeze is accepted, since this Government came in to power - that has to be very acceptable. Having said that, the present system is very unfair. The band D figure is just rubbish. The band D figure may be high in poor areas, but how many people actually live in a band D? In some areas the number of people living in band A or B is 80% where in another just 3%. Why should someone living in a similar house pay more? Wrong, wrong, wrong

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    Christine Melsom

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • Breckland has 1500 voters? How to confuse the public with bad English. Surely you meant to say 'Nearly half of those bothering to come to a council organised event' were in favour of not paying parking fees for their time on the council car park, preferring a rise in council tax for all instead. once again, and not for the first time, the non drivers got it in the neck, paying through the nose. Maximum council tax rise will be added to the 3% rise the police authority needs to plug their funding gap. In short the cuts to councils are pushed on us, just as we were the cash cows who bailed out the banks. why not sell the car park to the highest bidder and let the market find its own parking charge levels, why is this not a case for the true Tory approach? BTW. the picture doesn't look like a meeting of 150 people, the average of this five town consultation exercise.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • Ranked arts and sports at the bottom for funding, is Breckland really full of philistine Mr Blobbies?

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    J.island

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

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