Increases and freezes in this year’s precepts

18th November 2011'South Elmsall Christmas light switch on 'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
18th November 2011'South Elmsall Christmas light switch on 'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

South Elmsall residents will pay an extra six per cent towards local services in the next financial year.

The town council set its annual precept at £227,040 for 2012/13 - compared with last year’s figure of £213,957, at its meeting on Monday.

The increase will mean residents in a Band A property will pay approximately nine pence extra per week, and Band D will pay an extra 14 pence per week.

Leader of South Elmsall Town Council, Coun Stephen Tulley, said the rise would safeguard against loss of services in the future.

He said: “We agreed the budget based on the proposed loss of services and rise in unemployment we are expecting to see over the next two years.

“It is my intention as leader of the town council to help protect residents from these unjust proposals by protecting as many of our services as we are able.”

The precept pays for services such as public toilets, community centres, recreation facilities, allotment sites, youth facilities and educational classes.

The rise will also cover the cost of a new community hub that will help and offer advice to children, young people, adults and families during difficult financial times.

Coun Tulley said: “These increases, although unwelcome, are necessary to help guard our vital services and facilities against loss.”

South Hiendley Parish Council also raised its precept by five per cent – after five years of consecutive freezes.

It was set at £28,000. A spokesperson for the council said the council did not want to apply any increase to the levy but realised the introduction of the localism bill could mean additional services that will require a larger budget. 

Ryhill Parish Council has frozen its precept for the fourth consecutive year at £45,470.

Chairperson Coun Cheryle Bashforth said: “The council is again able to freeze the precept due to careful budgeting and good management.  The council also recognises the need to be responsible in times of economic hardship.”

Havercroft with Cold Hiendley Parish Council froze their precept at £51,941.

Badsworth Parish Council have also frozen their precept at £12,750.

l Last year, Wakefield Council announced a two -year freeze on its level of Council Tax.