Councillors today met and agreed Council Tax rates and housing rents across Aberdeenshire for the coming year.
The Scottish Government recently offered to compensate Councils who choose to freeze their rates. Aberdeenshire members agreed to freeze the Council Tax rate this coming year. That would mean an average Band D household will remain a £1,300 (before other charges are applied).
Speaking at the meeting today, Council Leader Andy Kille said:” This decision today is a reflection that we do understand the position that people are now in. It is some good news and will hopefully be well received.
“Of course, this is not to say that the next few months won’t be without their challenge. Council services are going to change – they need to. The world is changing, and we need to change with it. The uncertainty of our financial position from one year to the next makes budget setting difficult, and our ability to forecast on a longer basis has also been impacted by the pandemic.
“However, I am confident that setting Council Tax today provides clarity and reassurance for the people of Aberdeenshire, and allows us all to plan for the year ahead.”
|Property Valuation||Band||Council Tax||Water||Sewerage||Total|
|up to £27,000||A||£867.21||£141.66||£164.46||£1,173.33|
|£27,001 – £35,000||B||£1,011.74||£165.27||£191.87||£1,368.88|
|£35,001 – £45,000||C||£1,156.28||£188.88||£219.28||£1,564.44|
|£45,001 – £58,000||D||£1,300.81||£212.49||£246.69||£1,759.99|
|£58,001 – £80,000||E||£1,709.12||£259.71||£301.51||£2,270.34|
|£80,001 – £106,000||F||£2,113.82||£306.93||£356.33||£2,777.08|
|£106,001 – £212,000||G||£2,547.42||£354.15||£411.15||£3,312.72|
|£212,001 and over||H||£3,186.98||£424.98||£493.38||£4,105.34|
It was also today agreed that average weekly rents for council housing should increase only at the rate of inflation this year, meaning a 2.8% rise from April 1.
This will see the average weekly rent increase by £2.29; a rise from £81.82 to £84.11.
The approach, taking account of the impact of Covid-19, replaces previously agreed plans that would have seen the inflationary rise coupled with an additional 2.5% (5.3% in total).
The revised approach follows consultation with tenants and a recommendation from Communities Committee to limit the increase.
Speaking at the meeting, Communities Committee Chair Cllr Anne Stirling said: “We have sought to reduce rent rises as much as we can this year. We are very aware that we have an increasing number of tenants who have had their incomes squeezed and I hope our decision today will help to lessen the impact of the current pressures.
“I would like to give thanks to all of those who work across housing and building standards. The move to virtual ways of working and the ability to adapt and utilise innovative technology has been incredible. The Housing Service deals with a great deal of crisis but this past year has been a year like no other and the officers have risen to the challenge.”
The wider Council budget for the coming year will be set at a special meeting of Full Council next month.