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Lib Dems propose a lower council tax for Wiltshire than the Conservatives

February 10, 2021 5:10 PM

Wiltshire's Conservative administration wants to put your Council Tax up by 5%, which along with police and fire increases will mean a hike of around £100 on many household rates. The 5% includes 3% for social care, which the government has said can be imposed over two years. The Tories want to grab it all now, whereas the effect of the Lib Dem amendment would be to spread it over two years, thus lessening the impact at what is a difficult time for many families.

Here's the technical stuff, as considered by the WC scrutiny committee:

The proposals sought to reduce the adult social care levy from 3% in 2021/22 to 2% in 2021/22 and to apply a 1% levy in 2022/23. This would result in a loss of
funding of £2.841m in 2021/22, with the shortfall to be met by drawing the same level of funding from the Latent Demand Reserve. It was also proposed to
increase the Hardship Fund by £0.700m to a total of £1.000m, ... funded by drawing upon the Collection Fund Volatility Reserve by the same amount. Lastly, it was proposed to ringfence a budget commitment for £1.000m in business support, in the event that there was a favourable variance against the reduction of section 31 grants as set out in the supplement and budget papers.