Richmondshire to keep council tax increase low

Restrictions are in place at Richmondshire District Council's office at Mercury House.

The leader of Richmondshire District Council has pledged to keep the council tax demand low ahead of expected inflation-busting rises from other billing authorities.

Council officers have recommended the district council tax bills increase by the maximum allowed – 2.99 per cent – without a referendum.

However, leader Councillor Yvonne Peacock said she would be proposing to set a demand well below that amount when councillors meet next week.

The leader was speaking after the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner indicated her ambition to raise North Yorkshire Police’s element of council tax bills by 10.3 per cent to meet rising demands.

Meanwhile, North Yorkshire County Council has revealed a proposal to raise its precept by almost five per cent to pay for soaring social care costs.

Cllr Peacock said: “It is important that we keep in mind that some other authorities, such as the county council and the police, are looking to raise their council tax demands.

“Richmondshire was recently named the best place to live in the country and keeping council tax low is all part of that.”

Her comments come ahead of the Richmondshire council’s leading members considering an officer’s recommendation to raise council tax demand for a Band D property to £217.72.

Officers have suggested the council tax rise after highlighting how the council had seen a 56.7 per cent cut in Government funding over the past decade.

Both Richmondshire and Hambleton councils are expected to benefit from being part of a pilot scheme trialling a system where they are allowed to retain 75 per cent of local business rates.

Projections suggest that Richmondshire could benefit by £505,000, and Cllr Robson said Hambleton could also see hundreds of thousands of pounds more funding from the scheme.

Leading members of Hambleton are set to consider an increase in council tax of £5 on a Band D equivalent property to £109.48.