Your Council Tax 2017-18
You want to see your Council Tax making a difference to the lives of everyone acrossStaffordshire; paying for care for older people, keeping the roads safe, and supportingbusiness and jobs.
The county council has now agreed its spending priorities for the year ahead in what has been the toughest budget I have been involved in setting.
While nationally there is less money from Government, we have more demand for thesupport we provide, especially from our growing, ageing population. Despite this, the county council will spend almost £300m in 2017/18 caring for older people, people with disabilities and children at risk of harm. This is more than we have ever spent on care before.
To make sure we spend taxpayers’ money on the things that make the biggest difference in our residents’ lives, we have reduced our costs by almost £200m over the last seven years. In that time more jobs have been created, more children are better prepared to start school and exam results have improved.
Here you can find out how we spend your money and how we are managing increasing demand from Staffordshire’s changing population.
Greater demand for health and care services is a national problem. The Government has recognised this by agreeing to a 3% increase in Council Tax to spend only on care, on top of the 1.95% rise already planned. This will see bills rise by just over £1 a week for a Band D home.
We need to ask you for more to help pay for the care of those, young and old, who need it most. We want county Council Tax levels in Staffordshire to remain one of the lowest in England while making sure our people get the services they need.
County Councillor Philip Atkins
Leader of the Council
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