Council chair happy to defend 47% hike in council tax precept - The Redditch Standard
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9th Aug, 2022

Council chair happy to defend 47% hike in council tax precept

Ross Crawford 26th Feb, 2022

REDDITCH residents casting an eye over local council tax increases can be forgiven for rubbing their eyes in disbelief when they see the increase in the precept for Feckenham Parish Council.

While the Worcestershire County Council, the Borough Council and the Police and fire service kept all their increases below four per cent, Feckenham’s has jumped by 47.08 per cent, taking it from £27.23 to £40.05 for 2022-23.

This equate to roughly an extra 40p a week on a Band D and parish council chair Councillor Alan Smith was quick to re-assure residents he and his colleagues weren’t about to dash off on holiday with the takings.

“The precept hasn’t gone up for a number of years and this way it’s taking a bit of money from everyone in the parish to give it back to groups and organisations in the village that might need support.

“That and keeping up with the increased costs of running the parish council due to changes in legislation.

“So every penny raised in the village will stay in the village.”

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