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Have your say

You can have your say on the budget proposals for the next 12 months.

Like councils across the country there are growing financial pressures which make it harder to deliver services. We have seen other councils effectively go bankrupt and declare a section 114, but this is not the case in Dudley. We started this year with £21.8m in the general reserve, but that could run out next year.

This year we are proposing a 2.99 per cent increase in the basic rate of council tax as well as a 2 per cent rise in the adult social care precept. That’s a 4.99 per cent increase in total and not only equates to a £1.17 per week increase for the average property*, it means you will continue to pay some of the lowest rates of council tax in the country. Crucially, it will raise millions of pounds to help put us on a firmer financial footing and allow us to continue providing services to you.

The budget consultation period is now closed.

* Figure relates to Dudley Council element of the council tax only for a band B property