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'All this and more for £3.14 a week' - council tax set at £163.36 pa*

Council tax set at £163.36 pa* At last night's meeting (20 Feb) the council tax for New Forest District Council was set with a rise of £5 (Band D) per annum, an increase of 3.2%.

21 February 2016

The rise makes the annual Council Tax bill for the NFDC part of the council tax an average (Band D) household £163.36 a year, or £3.14 a week. 

Note:  This information is about NFDC's part of the council tax. We collect all of the council tax you pay but do not set it all.  We then pass it on to Hampshire County Council, police, fire, and town and parish councils.  The other organisations set their own council tax / increases, not NFDC.  When the other amounts are set, the information will be at www.newforest.gov.uk/counciltax and on your annual bill in March.

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Cllr Barry Rickman, Leader, opened the budget council meeting by sharing with councillors and officers a look back over the year, including highlights from work done to support local business and the economy in the area, community initiatives to support our residents, work on providing affordable homes, and work to make sure the New Forest stays a clean and green place. 

Specific examples of innovative work undertaken by the Council shared with the meeting included the recruitment of apprentices in a variety of council roles, the partnership with Creative England to promote filming in the area, the text message reminder service for glass recycling, and tenants moving into the first of the new homes as part of the largest development of council housing in the area for more than 20 years. 

Cllr Rickman went on to say how this has been achieved amongst the challenging context of reducing budgets, and the Hampshire devolution talks, "We have done this by looking at all we do and funding what is important to our community, protecting existing revenue streams and identifying new areas that could increase our annual revenue."

"Looking ahead we will continue to both support our local economy and increase annual revenue with our new Asset Investment Strategy. This we will approach in a prudent and sensible manner. These are not easy decisions to take but we have taken these brave steps to ensure we maintain and improve frontline services.

"We will continue to deliver on our commitment to provide good frontline services that our residents want. We are not afraid to make changes and look at new ways of working in order to deliver better services for our community."

Cllr Rickman also thanked the Chairman of the Council for his work in promoting the council, and the staff of the Council.  He concluded, "The role of the district council is, as it has always been, to carry on delivering good services like collecting rubbish and recycling, administering planning, managing council housing, providing housing advice and homelessness prevention, maintaining public toilets, supporting CCTV in towns and villages, running cemeteries, caring for the coastline, keeping our streets clean and grass cut, administering taxi licensing, monitoring air quality, running electoral registration, recovering stray dogs, controlling food hygiene, maintaining trees,  providing community and leisure services, and offering pest control services. Next year we will do all this and more for £3.14* per week per household"

*Band D

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Updated: 10 May 2017
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