Sheffield news Five per cent council tax hike in Calderdale MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Cuts to libraries, tips and information centres have also been confirmed

Sheffield news Five per cent council tax hike in Calderdale MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Cuts to libraries, tips and information centres have also been confirmed

Sheffield news  Five per cent council tax hike in Calderdale MetiNews.Com
23 February 2021 - 17:00

Breaking News ! Council tax is rising in Calderdale as the region faces a "perfect storm" of pressures. The 4.99 per cent hike is the maximum allowed by government without a local referendum. For families in Band D properties this will mean paying an extra £77.26 next year. People in Band A properties, which is the most common band in Calderdale, will pay an extra £51.50. A catalogue of cuts to local services have also been confirmed after Calderdale Council approved its 2021-22 budget. To get the latest email updates from Yorkshire Live, click here . Cuts to some libraries and community buildings will go ahead unless community groups take them on. Calderdale's five waste and recycling stations will now close on their two quietest days. The authority’s two information centres, at Halifax and Hebden Bridge, and Mixenden Activity Centre at Halifax, will also close. The council, which also approved provisional spending up to 2022-23, is set to spend around £170.1 million next year. The tax hike is made up of 1.

. Read More Related Articles The reasons council tax is set to increase across Yorkshire - and should it be scrapped? Read More Related Articles Calderdale Council tips may have to close two days a week The council is planning growth such as spending on community wardens, CCTV systems, tackling flood management and climate change. The budget also includes developing plans for new rail and bus stations for Halifax and a rail station for Elland. The proposals support social care in terms of meeting continuing demand and ensuring social care staff earn at least the Low Pay Commission recommended level. 'Unprecedented times' Leader of the Council Tim Swift Labour leader of the council Tim Swift (Town) said: “This is a budget brought forward in unprecedented times, it is a budget to provide the stability we need to combat a perfect storm.” The budget gave a solid base to build on, he said. But leader of the Conservatives Steven Leigh (Ryburn) pointed to the £9m annual cost of servicing debt due to Labour’s borrowing. He criticised previous use of reserves, meaning service cuts were having to be made. Liberal Democrat leader James Baker (Warley) said the council needed to be more commercial, making more of its assets instead of cutting. He mentioned some ideas his party had proposed including a council lottery which Labour had previously accepted but not acted on. In a fierce debate Labour councillors criticised opposition groups for not offering alternative budgets. Cllr Swift said even if these were not adopted they would set out those parties’ visions for Calderdale. Cllr Swift said challenges included ten years of austerity which had seen government funding slashed, and the impact of dealing with the pandemic. Cllr Stephen Baines (Con, Northowram and Shelf) said austerity measures were a result of the amount of debt 2010’s departing Labour Government had left.

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