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Council tax is set to go up next year, as public services barter for a bigger slice of the precepts ..

By admin , in Cambridge , at February 23, 2018

Council tax is set to go up next year, as public services barter for a bigger slice of the precepts pie.

Precepts are the share of the council tax you pay that is handed to public services like police or fire and rescue to allow them to function and continue to provide services.

In the face of significant cuts to funding by central government, councils have been forced to raise taxes.

Here is a breakdown of the increases asked for by public services:

Police precepts

A report by Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite proposed the policing precept would be increased by 6.4 per cent, which means the Band D council tax rate will go up from £186.75 in 2017/18 to £198.72 in 2018/19.

Fire service precepts

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority ran a consultation from January 16 to February 7 asking residents if they would pay up to a three per cent increase to the fire service’s proportion of council tax for 2018/19, equating to an extra £2.01 a year for a Band D property.

A two per cent increase in council tax (an extra £1.34 for Band D) will mean the authority can maintain the current level of service and safeguard the frontline next year.

But the service wants to improve its training programme for firefighters and train them more effectively to meet the challenges the service now faces.

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Increasing the council tax by two per cent will provide the fire authority with an additional £375k, and by three per cent, an additional £562k.

Chairman of the Fire Authority Kevin Reynolds explained: "By increasing our proportion of the council tax by a small amount, we can continue to maintain frontline services as well as improve training to ensure our firefighters have the right skills and experience to deal with the huge range of incidents we attend."

County Council and adult social care precepts

Cambridgeshire County Council’s general purposes committee unanimously agreed in January to recommend an increase of 2.99 per cent, as well as a two per cent increase in the adult social care precept.

The increase would plug a £4.3million shortfall in current budget provision by raising £7.5million.

Upping the tax will add £1.14 onto the weekly bill of a family living in a band D property – nearly £60 a year.

But the extra money won't be spent on more public services.

Instead, it will be saved in a "smoothing fund", to allow the council to respond to any areas of need without having to increase tax again and again.

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