Council tax to rise as part of city council budget proposals

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has revealed plans for its budget over the next four years - including a rise in council tax.

They say their proposals aim to save 9 point 2 million pounds during 2020 and 2021, but they also set out 3.99% rise in council tax.

They say 2% will go towards adult social care in the city and 1.99% for supporting vulnerable families and people in Stoke-on-Trent.

This would, they say, mean that the majority of residents will pay an extra 67p a week - which equals to £34.73 extra for the year.

78

jobs at the city council will also be lost

These proposals outline 336 million pounds of additional investment up to 2025 - but the city council also report there will be 78 job losses.

This investment includes:

  • Investment into expansion of the council’s social housing stock and improvements - £125m

  • Disabled facilities grant, to support independent living - £2.8m

  • City centre regeneration - £1.5m

  • Special school for complex needs - £4.6m

  • Commercial properties across the city to encourage business growth - £30m

  • Clearance of sites in the city to support continued development - £0.2m

  • Spode and Stoke Town - £4.4m

  • Smithfield multi-storey car park to support the continued success of the site - £15m

  • Fortior Homes second development, with more new homes built and sites regenerated - £28.1m

  • Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone investment, to support more jobs and businesses coming to the city - £12.7m

  • Highways investments - £8.3m

3.99%

rise in council tax

“We have worked hard for the last four years to deliver a city that is ‘Stronger Together,’ and we believe that it remains the ‘golden thread’ that unites the city.

Abi Brown, Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader

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