Ribble Valley Borough Council’s share of Council Tax is going up by 3.4% – an increase of £5 a year on a Band D property.
This is the second time in nine years Ribble Valley Borough Council is increasing its share of the council tax, in previous years it has managed to keep it frozen.
Leader of the council and chairman of the Policy and Finance Committee, Mr Ken Hind, said: “We have achieved this without making any staff redundant, cutting services or without any changes to the refuse collection service. This is only the second time in nine years we have felt that we have to raise the council tax.
“It means for a Band D taxpayer an average sized three-bedroom home in the borough they will be paying £150, to Ribble Valley Council just under an extra 10 pence a week. The council provides really good value for its services.
“RVBC will be the only council in Lancashire not to charge for green waste collection and we will maintain our four-stream collection including paper and card and the weekly collection. In the future we will look to new ways to increase the amount we recycle as a community.
"Residents on our borders such as in Longridge will notice the difference between RVBC and City of Preston where a resident living in a band D home in Labour controlled Preston will pay twice that of a resident in the Ribble Valley .In the case of Longridge the houses may be identical and only be a matter of 200 yeards apart . Ribble Valleys council tax will continue to be the lowest in Lancashire and one of the lowest in the country.
''The RVBC has changed its policy direction . Government are pressing councils to build more houses which are being built by developers and housing associations in the Ribble Valley at the reate of 300 a year .30% of these are affordable homes for rent or part ownership for those starting on the housing ladder or on low incomes .In addition we have a strong policy of building accommodation for the over 50s particular bungalows.
He added: “The council is driving the local economy so we maximise business rates because in 2020 there will be no more central government grants and local authorities will predominantly rely on council tax and business rates to support local services. As a council, Ribble Valley is preparing for the funding change.”
Lancashire County Council has already agreed to increase its share by almost 6% and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s share will go up by around 7%.