Richmondshire set to increase council tax by maximum amount

Richmondshire District Councillors look set to increase council tax by the maximum amount allowed this year.

The rise will mean an average Band D household paying £220 — up £5 on last year.

This equates to a 2.33 per cent increase from April 2020.

This is the maximum rise allowed by central government this year and in line with neighbouring local authorities.

“This rise will allow us to deliver our four year Council Plan and help minimise the savings needed to balance the books for the coming 12 months,” said council leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

The authority’s corporate board last night recommended the increase for approval by full council later this month.

Corporate board members also approved a budget of £6,386,100 for 2020/21 – agreeing to use £124,112 from the council taxpayers reserve to support it.

This increase applies only to Richmondshire District Council’s tax requirement.

The actual increase to a householder’s bill will be greater once precepts are applied by North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and local Town/Parish Councils.

Richmondshire District Council is responsible for the billing and collection of council tax on behalf of all these authorities.