Pembrokeshire council tax rise confirmed

COUNCIL tax will rise by 3.4 per cent in April, cabinet members have agreed this week.

The increase, which will see those in Band D properties pay around £26 more a year, was approved by members at a meeting at County Hall on Monday (January 13).

The rise compares to a proposed increase of £44 (4.5 per cent) in Carmarthenshire and a £48 (5 per cent) increase in Ceredigion.

Despite the increase, Pembrokeshire will still have the lowest council tax in Wales – with Newport next lowest at £889.

Council Leader, Councillor Jamie Adams, said that when setting council tax for next year cabinet members were mindful of the financial difficulties currently being faced by people in the county.

“As a result we have aimed to keep the increase in council tax as low as possible,” he said.

“It’s been a huge challenge given that we have had to develop the 2014/15 budget against the backdrop of the most difficult financial settlement since the council’s inception in 1996.

“We have to reduce our costs over the next two years by £20 million as a direct consequence of the loss of grant from the Welsh Government,” he said.

The increase was approved at a meeting of cabinet, in which members considered the county council’s budget for 2014/15.

The proposals will see cuts in services of almost £13 million in the next year, although the authority has said schools and social care budgets will be protected.

Cllr Adams warned that the impact on some services would be immediate, but added: “The key challenge will be to protect those services for the most vulnerable in our communities.”

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9:21pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Welshman23 says...

What services are going to be cut, no reduction in the overpaid officers salaries in the Kremlin. I hope they are not hoping for a salary increase this year.
What services are going to be cut, no reduction in the overpaid officers salaries in the Kremlin. I hope they are not hoping for a salary increase this year. Welshman23
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9:24pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Welshman23 says...

Jamie Adams comments are load of hot air address the salaries and the amount of money that is being wasted.on projects re surfacing of Bridge Street. Etc.
Jamie Adams comments are load of hot air address the salaries and the amount of money that is being wasted.on projects re surfacing of Bridge Street. Etc. Welshman23
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9:47am Tue 14 Jan 14

teifion says...

Welshman23 wrote:
What services are going to be cut, no reduction in the overpaid officers salaries in the Kremlin. I hope they are not hoping for a salary increase this year.
Don't forget not only have the overpaid ppl at the top managed to introduce a scheme to avoid tax on their pension contributions, they're also getting an income tax cut from 50% to 45% -

we're all in in together aren't we?

Tell that to the Council workers who have had a pay cut!

Do you think these ppl (you know who I'm talking about) ever feel a touch of shame or remorse at what they have done OR do they just feel that they're "winners" because they'll have more toys in the cupboard when they get to Narberth Crematorium?
[quote][p][bold]Welshman23[/bold] wrote: What services are going to be cut, no reduction in the overpaid officers salaries in the Kremlin. I hope they are not hoping for a salary increase this year.[/p][/quote]Don't forget not only have the overpaid ppl at the top managed to introduce a scheme to avoid tax on their pension contributions, they're also getting an income tax cut from 50% to 45% - we're all in in together aren't we? Tell that to the Council workers who have had a pay cut! Do you think these ppl (you know who I'm talking about) ever feel a touch of shame or remorse at what they have done OR do they just feel that they're "winners" because they'll have more toys in the cupboard when they get to Narberth Crematorium? teifion
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10:29am Tue 14 Jan 14

ladybench says...

As suspected there councillor survey around pembs was a complete and utter waste of time.Why not publish the results of this cost saving exercise.
As suspected there councillor survey around pembs was a complete and utter waste of time.Why not publish the results of this cost saving exercise. ladybench
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7:15pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Indeview J Hudson says...

Do not give up yet.
After the severe scrutiny the budget is to go through from the scrutiny committees, I am sure that their views, if any ( and that would be a surprise) and our views will be reported and the officer's report to Cabinet will be amended when the final budget report goes to Council for approval.
I am not holding my breath, as you say Ladybench...........
..
WeE didn't even have the draft budget to comment on.
Do not give up yet. After the severe scrutiny the budget is to go through from the scrutiny committees, I am sure that their views, if any ( and that would be a surprise) and our views will be reported and the officer's report to Cabinet will be amended when the final budget report goes to Council for approval. I am not holding my breath, as you say Ladybench........... .. WeE didn't even have the draft budget to comment on. Indeview J Hudson
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9:44am Wed 15 Jan 14

Cymru bach says...

Despicable.
But did we expect anything else.
The leader and cabinet are in the pocket of the chief Executive and Officers.

They merely rubber stamp what is put in front of them.
Despicable. But did we expect anything else. The leader and cabinet are in the pocket of the chief Executive and Officers. They merely rubber stamp what is put in front of them. Cymru bach
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8:16pm Thu 16 Jan 14

philipw says...

Just a thought, in England there are mechanisms for a referendum to be called on council tax increases. Do the same rules apply in Wales?
Just a thought, in England there are mechanisms for a referendum to be called on council tax increases. Do the same rules apply in Wales? philipw
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