Bedfordshire residents to get lowest council tax increase since 2016

The news comes after Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick confirms £26million increase in spending power for county

By Clare Turner
Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 2:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 2:50 pm

The funding is part of £49.2billion package of funding for local councils. And the package will include an extra £1.5billion for social care for Bedfordshire.

Following a vote in the House of Commons, the Government confirmed councils in England will have access to a share of £49.2billion in 2020/2021, an increase of £2.9billion or 4.4 per cent in real-terms. The funding for Bedfordshire represents a 7.2 per cent increase on the previous year.

The settlement will give councils in Bedfordshire access to an extra £5.3million in social care grant and ensure, on average, residents can expect to see the lowest increase in council tax bills since 2016.

Residents can expect to see the lowest increase in council tax bills since 2016

Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “This Government is committed to levelling up every part of the country, investing in every region and giving communities control over making the decisions which are right for them.

“That’s why we’re confirming the biggest increase in councils’ spending power for a decade across England, while protecting residents from excessive rises in council tax.”