Budget proposing a near four per cent council tax rise in North Tyneside

Residents are facing a rise in their council tax of nearly four per cent.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 9:00 am
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 9:00 am
North Tyneside Council is proposing a near four per cent rise in council tax.

A draft budget and council tax report set to be heard at a meeting of North Tyneside Council’s cabinet on Monday states that council tax would increase by almost four per cent.

Funding from government in 2020/21 assumes a 1.99 per cent council tax increase for general services, and a two per cent adult social care precept to help meet the spiralling costs of adult social care, totalling a 3.99 per cent rise.

Budget documents stated that based on current assumptions the council needs to save an estimated £4.675m next year and £39.47m between 2020 and 2024.

Council tenants in North Tyneside face hikes in rent and service charge in the new budget, but the proceeds of this could be ploughed into improvements.

A 2.7 per cent increase in council rents is proposed as result of a government policy obliging authorities to reduce rent being abolished.

But, its not all bad news for tenants as the council says the cash could be spent on a range of service improvements.

These include a free pest control service for tenants, more cleaning of communal areas and scheduled maintenance visits.

Council bosses also expect to save £1.5m per year as a result of ending the partnership with Kier, which provided construction, housing repairs and maintenance services to the authority until April.

The authority has also identified £805,000 of savings that can be made by reducing recycling costs and avoiding operational costs. It also plans to stop using consultants to improve schools as well as changing how it commissions services and not filling existing vacancies.

The budget is not yet signed off, and the cabinet will need to meet again to approve it before its decided at a full council meeting later next month.