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£3.05 a week for New Forest District Council Services

At the meeting of Council (Monday 22 February 2016) Members for New Forest District set the Council Tax for 2016/17 at £158.36 per annum (Band D household)

Cllr Barry Rickman, Council Leader, said, "The total cost of our services for 2016/17 will be £3.05 a week for the average household - an increase of 5p a week for NFDC services. Over the year, this is an increase of £2.60, and not the £5 increase we are permitted to set without referendum.  This level is one that we feel balances the budget to enable us to continue to meet the needs of our residents. 

"A major reduction in the grant we receive from government means that our local council services -  including refuse collection, recycling, street cleaning, environmental health, planning, licensing, housing advice, and our five leisure centres - require that we have an increase.  Our priority remains to provide good value for money services that our community want at a cost which is fair and reasonable - this budget means we will achieve that."

Council Tax is collected by us on behalf of Hampshire County Council (£1,079.28 per annum), the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire (£160.46 per annum), Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority (£62.60 per annum) , Town and Parish Councils (£73.74 per annum - average), along with the £158.36 per annum for NFDC.  This equals a bill  for a Band D property of £1,534.44 in total. 

This is the first time in six years council tax for NFDC services has been increased. 

The increase is 1.67%. 

Updated: 23 Feb 2016
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