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Cabinet recommends £5 Band D council tax increase

Wycombe District Council’s share of the council tax paid by residents in the district is expected to increase by £5 for an average Band D property for 2018/19. Cabinet agreed at its meeting on Monday 5 February to recommend the change to Full Council. 

For a Band D property this means the total payment for the year goes up from £131.99 to £136.99, an increase of 3.8%. The £5 increase works out at 42p per month. 

Cllr David Watson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: “Wycombe District is a great place to live, work and visit and this budget helps us maintain that focus. 

“It ensures we remain economically strong, and as a result can continue to provide quality frontline services as well as investing in improving online access for our residents. 

“The additional revenue income Wycombe District Council has brought in from regeneration projects such as the Handy Cross Hub and the generation of income from investments and our prudent control of our budget means that, despite ever-dwindling grants from central government, we are able to cover the cost of our services.” 

Residents’ council tax payments are divided between five authorities, with Buckinghamshire County Council taking the largest portion. The estimated figures for 2018/19, and estimated percentage increases, are:

  • Wycombe District Council                                      £136.99          3.8%
  • Bucks CC                                                                  £1,291.04      5.99%
  • Police & Crime Commissioner                              £182.28          7.05%
  • Bucks & Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue Service £62.70            2.99%
  • Parish (average)                                                      £47.68            7.1%

Wycombe District Council, which collects council tax on behalf of the five authorities, charges one of the lowest levels of council tax for a district council in England and the lowest in the county.

Full Council will make a final decision when it meets in the Council Chamber at Wycombe District Council’s Queen Victoria Road offices on Thursday 22 February.