The Council Tax amount is the lowest for a district council in Devon and one of the lowest in the country (Pic: Unsplash)

Council continues to protect and provide quality, front line services

In line with many other councils across the country, East Devon District Council has agreed to a Council Tax increase.  This amounts to a £5 annual Council Tax increase for an average Band D property for 2019/20 to ensure it continues to secure crucial front line services for its residents and businesses.

The increase means the authority’s portion of the annual Council Tax bill for a Band D property will be £141.78 a year or £2.72 a week for all the services it provides. The amount is the lowest for a district council in Devon and one of the lowest in the country. The £5 increase, which was approved by the council last night (February 27) is less than 10p extra per week.

The council takes 7p in every pound of the total Council Tax bill with the rest of the money going to Devon County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service along with town and parish councils.

Councillor Ian Thomas, Leader of East Devon District Council, said: 

I am pleased to be able to confirm that East Devon still has the lowest council tax in Devon and is one of the lowest in the country. We are proud that we are still delivering outstanding services, which our residents value highly, despite the council receiving just 7p in every pound of council tax that we collect on behalf of others.

Council Tax income generates less than a third of our revenue every year. This means that we need to find other sources of finance to replace continued cuts in government funding. Future funding cuts combined with other budgetary pressures mean that our Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) is currently predicting a budget deficit of £2m for 2020/21 and potentially up to £4m by 2028/29. So we intend to close that gap through new efficiencies and alternative investment routes.