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Council tax rise to fund investments

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Residents across Dudley borough look set to continue paying one of the lowest council tax rates in the country despite plans for millions of pounds worth of investments in services.

Dudley Council is proposing to increase council tax by 2.99 per cent from April this year.

It includes plans for a 1.99 per cent increase in the basic council tax rate as well as a one per cent increase specifically for adult social care services.

The increase will help pay for a string of investments in council services including CCTV, road repairs, extra street cleaning, car parks, tourism and the environment.

There are also plans for £8.5million investment in services next year for older, vulnerable people following two years of incredible strain caused by the pandemic.

But council bosses today stressed, even if the increase is approved by full council next year, residents will still have some of the lowest council tax bills in the country. The increase equates to around 65p for the average Dudley borough home (Band B property).

Councillor Steve Clark, cabinet member for finance, said:

This is a relatively small increase in comparison to previous years but will have a massive impact on services for people, who rely on these more than ever before.
It is a fine balance between keeping people’s council tax bills as low as we can while improving and investing in council services, and I think we have achieved that this year.

The council’s cabinet will be considering a report on the budget proposals at a meeting on December 15.

Residents will be consulted on the planned council tax increase as well as all of the proposed investments during the annual budget consultation.

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