Last Updated: 24 Feb 2021 10:25am
Tonbridge and Malling councillors last night (23 Feb) approved a new budget and the borough’s share of council tax bills for the coming year.
A meeting of all members voted to add £5 a year to bills to help fund the council’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and local services. A typical band D home will pay £219.50 a year from April 2021, a 2.3 per cent increase on the current year.
The meeting also confirmed the funding levels for other Kent services collected via council tax bills: They are:
|Bill (band D)||% increase||% of bill|
|Kent County Council||£1,418.76||+5.0||70.9|
|Tonbridge and Malling BC||£219.50||+2.3||11.0|
|Kent Fire and Rescue||£80.82||+1.9||4.0|
Tonbridge and Malling’s income from council tax for the year from April 2021 is forecast to be nearly £11.3 million. The money will be used to fund services such as planning, waste collection, housing, tackling homelessness, street cleaning and leisure facilities.
The council is also forecast to receive an annual grant of £2.3m from central government, the lowest level among all councils in Kent. Since 2010/11 the council has seen its core funding from government decrease by 65 per cent, or £4.3m.
Cllr Martin Coffin, the council’s cabinet member responsible for finance and innovation, said: “The last year has been like no other most of us have ever experienced and has stretched council services both operationally and financially.
“I’m pleased we’ve been able to maintain our services through this difficult period and would like to thank our residents and council staff for adapting so well to the many restrictions we have all faced.
“While no one likes to see an increase in taxation, the resilience and ongoing drive for efficiencies built into our financial planning over many years means that despite significant pressures, we can still balance the books. It also means we can play our part in ensuring that our borough recovers both socially and economically from the impact of the pandemic.”
- The current budget is for the year ending 31 March 2022. It was agreed by a full meeting of the council on 23 February. Full details here