This is how much council tax could rise by in Sheffield

Sheffield Council is planning to increase council tax and the adult social care precept by 3.99 per cent next year.

Monday, 18th January 2021, 4:45 pm

The local authority is drafting its budget for the next financial year and the increase, which is the maximum allowed by Government, would raise around an extra £11 million.

Councillor Terry Fox, cabinet member for finance, said: “Covid-19 has placed unprecedented financial pressure on all services, the rising costs are extremely difficult to manage and without further support from Government the position is very challenging.

“I want to reassure people protecting the most vulnerable and supporting strong recovery and growth for the city remains our priority.

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Sheffield Council wants to raise council tax by 3.99 per cent.

“We will always manage Sheffield’s financial position rigorously to make sure we are prepared, and we will continue to fight for fair allocation of funding from the Government.”

The council estimated the cost of its Covid-19 response was around £92 million so far.

Local authorities received some one-off money in November to deal with some of the financial impact but Sheffield Council is still looking to close a gap of £61 million in this next financial year.

Overall, the funding pressure on social care services in Sheffield next year is £31 million and the three percent precept would contribute about £6.6 million toward this.

For most households, it would mean paying an extra 62p per week.

The 1.99 percent increase in council tax would mean paying around an extra 42p a week for most households.

Combined, it would mean paying about £1.04 extra a week for most.

Those on the lowest incomes would be protected from paying the increase.

The council’s budget consultation ends on January 19, to take part visit https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/performance-research/budget-consultation-2021-22/

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