Council tax rise to help fund care for elderly and vulnerable
Posted on: 16 February 2017
Devon County Council today (16 February 2017) agreed a 4.99 per cent increase in council tax to help fund a big boost for under-pressure social care.
The rise equates to an extra £60.30 a year for the average Band D council taxpayer or just over £1 a week.
This means Devon will be charging £1,267.92 for a Band D property.
Councillors agreed a rise of 1.99 per cent for general services such as education, caring for children, roads and economic development.
They also accepted the Government’s offer of a three per cent increase to spend directly on adult health and social care.
This will help fund a big boost of £18.7 million or nearly 10 per cent more for services for the elderly and vulnerable.
Devon’s deputy leader and finance chief John Clatworthy said: “We are championing the elderly, the vulnerable and the young.
“With reduced Government support and the increased demand and cost pressures on adult care and health, it is essential to take advantage of this.
“We need the certainty of income to protect services as caring for the elderly and disabled people, together with children, are our highest priorities.”
Council leader John Hart said: “We have considered this increase very seriously indeed because we are well aware of the strain that household budgets are under.
“But everyone knows that health and social care is under intense pressure and we must step up to the plate and do our utmost to look after our frail elderly and the most vulnerable in our communities.
“The rise will cost the average Band D council taxpayer £1.16 a week extra and I believe we are justified in asking for that to help protect and support some of the most vulnerable people in society.”
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