I have received my Council tax bill today. Although the increase in the precept that our Parish Council announced they had asked for represented an increase of 10% over last year, in fact the element of Council Tax that we have to pay to the Parish has actually increased by 11.8%.
The reason for the substantial difference is because although the Parish will only receive 10% more it is the number of tax payers in the Parish, the number entitled to a single occupancy discount and the number of people in receipt of Council tax benefit, that determines the increase that we actually have to pay.
By comparison Lancashire County Council, Adult Social Care, Police & Crime Commission have all increased by 2.0%. Lancashire Fire Authority has required no increase at all and Lancaster City Council has increased by 2.4%.
When considering these increases however you must also remember that the County stopped our buses over a year ago, we no longer welcome The Police & Citizens Together into the Village every week, or at our Parish Council Meetings. The City Council are no longer collecting Green Waste free of charge and are indeed making us pay if we want the service.
In fact you may consider that as a Band F (that’s me) tax payer is paying the same amount to have their green waste removed every year as I pay to the Parish Council for all the wonderful services they provide, that we are blessed.