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SCC 21/22 Budget and Tax Rate set

February 12, 2021 2:29 PM
Originally published by Suffolk Liberal Democrats

Suffolk County Council agree on 4% council tax rate for 2021/22 Suffolk County Council (SCCNAME PLATE)

Another piece of the annual Budget jigsaw was put into place yesterday as the Conservative led County authority set the budget for the coming year and agreed a rise of 4%. This will be added to respective precepts from Districts, Borough and local town and parish Councils and the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner to form the final bill to taxpayers. The Council had the option to go for a maximum of 5% which would have provided more funds for the crisis ravaged social care sector. The decision will result in a budget of £597.9m an increase of £41m and an extra £53.55 for a Band D property on this year's bill.

The Lib Dem,Green,Independent Group put forward an alternative Budget as set out by retiring Lib Dem Councillor David Wood in his farewell piece for Babergh LDs website and Suffolk LibDems new website www.suffolk.uk

LDGI Group Budget Amendment

The LDGI Group's Budget Amendment was submitted to Full Council on February 11th . The key change proposed by the LDGI Group would be to authorise the use of the full 3% social care precept, unlocking the maximum available funding without impacting SCC's reserves. This would generate an extra £3.452m for social care at a cost of only £13.41 per year to a Band D household, freeing up general council tax funds to be spent on other projects and investments including:

By opting not to take the full 3% social care precept, the administration gave up £3.452m of funding for adult social care that must be made up from the general council tax fund, meaning that worthwhile projects cannot be pursued.

The final budget was approved by 44 votes to eight, with 10 councillors abstaining. The Labour opposition group said it could not back the budget but abstained from the vote.

Sources:
Suffolk Lib Dem County Group