Posted: 13.01.21 at 13:04 by The Editor
Residents and local businesses are invited to have their say on South Kesteven District Council’s Council Tax proposals for 2021/22.
The consultation which opens today (Wednesday 13 January) runs for two weeks and is an opportunity to comment on a proposal to increase SKDC’s element of council tax by £5 for properties in Band D – equivalent to an increase of just over 41p a month.
The consultation provides an overview of the financial impact of Covid-19 and highlights how the proposed increase would help the Council to deliver on its ambitions for South Kesteven. It closes on 27 January 2021.
Cllr Adam Stokes, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said SKDC had worked hard to maintain a ‘business as usual’ approach throughout the pandemic during which it had overseen the distribution of more than £30m in business grants through InvestSK; processed around 3,500 benefit claims; provided 243 homeless people with accommodation; and responded to more than 1,100 enquiries about fly-tipping.
Cllr Stokes said: “SKDC is continuing on a path to becoming financially self-sufficient by 2025 by being more efficient in how we deliver our services and generating income by using our assets and reserves wisely. This is vital given the reduction in funding from Central Government and the uncertain financial situation that all local authorities are facing due to Coronavirus.
“As well as contributing to initiatives under each of the Council’s priorities, our residents play a vital role in helping to meet the costs of services we provide on a day-to-day basis and it is important that we are aware of their views before any decisions are made.
“The proposed increase will help fund the services we currently provide, as well as our priorities for the future, and ensure that we are in a position to support South Kesteven’s recovery, post-Covid.
“We ask that as many residents and businesses as possible complete the survey which should only take a couple of minutes. The views we receive will help inform the decision the Council makes at the beginning of March in respect of its element of Council Tax for 2021/22.”
To have your say on council tax proposals go to www.southkesteven.gov.uk/counciltaxconsultation2022
You can also access the survey by scanning the QR code (see picture) with the camera on your smart phone.
For more information contact the Council’s Customer Services Team on 01476 406080.