Higher than expected Council Tax increase should trigger automatic public referendum

Slough Borough Council have published Council Tax rates for the 2013-2014 year, with most Colnbrook households having to find between an extra £30.

An across the board increase of 2.2% has been applied to all bands.

In February the 1.9% voted by the council was heavily criticised  by the Taxpayers Alliance for coming in at 0.1% below the 2% threshold which would trigger a referendum.

No reason has been given for the discrepancy which, according to Colnbrook Views’ understanding of rules introduced by the coalition government, should now trigger an automatic public referendum.

Households in the top “H” band will have to find an extra £95.40.

BAND 2013-2014 2012-2013 Parish precept Increase
A 959.34 £939.37 £31.80 £19.97
B 1,119.23 £1,095.93 £37.10 £23.30
C 1,279.12 £1,252.50 £42.40 £26.62
D 1,439.01 £1,409.05 £47.70 £29.96
E 1,758.79 £1,722.17 £58.30 £36.62
F 2,078.57 £2,035.30 £68.90 £43.27
G 2,398.35 £2,348.42 £79.50 £49.93
H 2,878.02 £2,818.10 £95.40 £59.92

The Parish precept, which local residents have to pay over and above the Council Tax to fund the Parish Council, has been held at the same rate as last year. The precept, at £47.70 for a Band D household, is more than Wexham Court’s £36.72, but significantly less than Britwell’s £66.10.

Parish Councils were rebuked earlier in the year by Deputy leader Cllr James Swindlehurst for excessive spending, with Britwell being singled out for special mention:
“We will be asking parishes what services they will be providing, but it seems to me that Britwell parish’s figures are quite high and I am not sure what extra luxuries their residents will be getting.”

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