Last night’s Council meeting agreed Tandridge District Council would not increase the district’s council tax for 2015/2016. This is the fifth year there has been no increase in the district’s share of the council tax.
This means Band D council tax remains the same as last year at £193.62, which is £3.72 a week for a wide range of services including recycling and waste collection, planning, street sweeping, housing, housing benefits and children’s play areas.
Surrey County Council, which provides services including education, adult social care, children services and highways, together with the office of the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, have both agreed to increase their Band D level for 2015/2016 by 1.99%.
A Band D Council tax is split between the organisations as follows:
Tandridge District Council
Surrey County Council
Surrey Police & Crime Commissioner
This gives an overall Band D Council Tax level of £1,629.19 for next year, which is a 1.75% increase compared to the current year. An average increase across the district including parish precepts is 1.74%.
Most people on income support, guaranteed pension credit or a low income, will continue to have the cost of council tax fully met by council tax support. Other people will automatically have their council tax support recalculated to reflect their revised council tax bills.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Gordon Keymer said: “We are delighted to be freezing council tax for the fifth year in a row, despite once again receiving less government grant. We continually strive to provide services at a reasonable cost and work hard for residents to reduce our costs, in line with the national programme to reduce public sector expenditure.
“Our key objective is to make Tandridge a good place to live, work and visit, by providing high quality, customer friendly services making efficient and effective use of our resources. We don’t underestimate the challenges in future years, but residents can be assured we will continue to manage services in a financially prudent way.”