East Riding of Yorkshire Councillors have decided to increase the council tax bill by 5.99%.
The councillors voted for the rise, which would see people living in Band D properties pay £1,402.75 (an increase of £79.28), at this week’s Budget meeting.
Band A residents will pay £52.86 more, while people in Band H homes will face an increase of £158.56.
The 5.99% increase consists of a 3% adult social care precept and a general council tax increase of 2.99% which would raise £9.1million for the authority.
The final council tax bill, which will be sent out next month, will also include additional charges from Humberside Police (a 6.4% increase), the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, as well as town/parish councils (eg: Pocklington Town Council’s precept rise is 2.5%, an extra £1.90 for a Band D property).
The annual cost of providing adult social care services in the East Riding is estimated to increase by £13million by 2021/22 and despite the adult social care precept on council tax; there is not enough money available to fund the cost of providing adult social care on a permanent basis.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “There are two elements to the increase – the general 3% which is in line with inflation and the other 3% is the decision of the Government to shift the burden of adult social care onto the local tax payer.
“The council is still strong financially but it’s a very difficult message for me and other councils to get across that we’re actually increasing council tax by 5.99% and yet we’re reducing expenditure.
“I do understand this is not an easy decision for members but given the funding crisis that is hitting budgets across the country they we have to tackle our responsibilities and in doing so give assurances to residents in need of care that we will do everything to ensure their needs will be met.”