Mid Suffolk freezes council tax but stimulus investment continues » Babergh Mid Suffolk
Mid Suffolk District Council has frozen its council tax element this year – helping residents recover from the pandemic while continuing to invest in priority areas to improve quality of life.
The 2022/23 budget, which was unanimously approved by councilors at last night’s plenary meeting, allows for continued investment in council’s strategic priorities, including the economic regeneration of the district and the fight against corruption. climate change.
It also builds on last year’s additional £5.1million investment to support communities in the district, at no additional cost to Mid Suffolk Council ratepayers.
Mid Suffolk District Council Finance Cabinet Member Cllr John Whitehead said:
“When I presented my first budget, I hardly dared to dream that seven years later, our municipality would be in such a solid financial situation: solid reserves, very healthy future projections and the possibility of freezing our share of council tax, despite inflation.
“The idea then, that we would be in such a position and still be able to set aside over £5m to fund a range of special projects as we emerged from a Covid pandemic would have seemed surreal – but we can, and we are.”
During the debate, an amendment to the budget was agreed which will fund two new zero carbon electric buses to provide regular rural community transport to residents of Mid Suffolk.
Cllr John Field, on behalf of the Democratic Green and Liberal Group, moved the amendment.
He said: “It is pleasing to see that the administration has agreed that our proposal meets a real need for regular public transport in rural areas. Now we can work together to refine it and deliver what people want and need.
The council tax freeze means Mid Suffolk’s annual proportion of the council tax bill for a Band D property remains at £171.59.
Before next year’s municipal tax bills land on the doormats, residents can check their details and notify council of any changes 24/7 by creating an online account via the website. Thanks to an online account, residents can opt for dematerialized invoicing, consult their balance, consult monthly payments, update their contact details, consult information on municipal tax reductions and housing allowances, as well as consult online invoices.
Sheltered housing charges and garage rents also remain frozen at 2021/22 levels, but tenants in Mid Suffolk District Council will see a 4.1 per cent increase in their rents to cover inflationary pressures and allow for investment in improving the quality of social housing.
This means the average weekly social rent will increase by £3.45, from £84.42 to £87.84. For affordable housing, weekly rents will increase by £4.99, from £121.34 to £126.33.