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Council tax set to rise even though Fenland District Council has reduced its part of the bill.





Council tax is set to rise for people across Fenland next month – even though the district council has reduced its part of the bill.

The money collected through council tax is shared between the Combined Authority, the county council, district and city councils, police, fire, and parish councils.

Each authority has now decided whether it will increase its share of the council tax bill.

Cllr Elisa Meschini, said the increase was “difficult” to propose
Cllr Elisa Meschini, said the increase was “difficult” to propose

Most have raised council tax, but Fenland District Council agreed to lower its share for the second year.

However, people living in Fenland will still see their overall council tax bill go up, as other authorities agreed increases.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority approved proposals to treble the Mayoral precept, which was added to the council tax bill for the first time last year.

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson, said the £24 increase (for a Band D household) was a price worth paying to fund new bus services and ensure people in the region were not ‘left behind’.

Cambridgeshire County Council agreed a maximum 4.99 per cent increase of its share of the council tax bill, which includes a two-per cent increase dedicated towards funding adult social care services.

The rise will see a Band D household pay £76.95 more a year to the authority.

The deputy leader of the authority, Cllr Elisa Meschini, said the increase was “difficult” to propose, but said without the £17.5million it raised the county council would not be able to continue to provide services for people most in need.

Here is a breakdown of how much people will pay in Fenland, excluding the parish council precepts.

Band A – £1,518.90

Band B – £1,772.05

Band C – £2,025.20

Band D – £2,278.35

Band E – £2,784.65

Band F – £3,290.95

Band G – £3,797.25

Band H – £4,556.70



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