Anglesey council tax set for 5% hike

Anglesey ratepayers could see their council tax bills increase by as much as 5%, despite an increase in Welsh Government funding.

The county council said a ”better than expected” budget settlement was ”not enough” to meet rising costs and warned some services were still facing major financial pressures.

Last month, the Welsh Government announced a provisional 3.8% increase for Ynys Môn, bringing core grant spending up to £101 million.

On Monday, Anglesey Council’s executive voted to recommend an increase of between 4.5% and 5% in order to protect ‘vital’ services.

Council leader Llinos Medi said: ”Unfortunately, one improved year for local government funding will do little to paper over the cracks of the lack of investment seen over many years.”

”We continue to face intense budget pressures in adult services and schools as well as ever increasing costs…the executive’s budget proposals, I believe, will ensure that we are making the most of the limited funding we have to safeguard vital services under pressure and meet our long term priorities for the island and its residents.”

A public consultation will be held before a final decision on the council’s annual budget is made in March.

Councillor Robin Williams, the executive’s finance chief, said there was ”some cautious optimism” about the likelihood of an improved budget settlement for the year ahead, with the need to implement efficiency savings reduced.

But he added: ”This year’s proposed settlement only puts the council on a par with the level of grant we received in 2012/13. In real terms, that is a reduction of £19m in our grant from Welsh Government.”

”We are in a position where we can balance the budget without making any significant cuts to services, but we must still raise council tax higher than inflation as the Welsh Government’s settlement just isn’t enough.”

Last year saw council tax bills on Anglesey go up by 9.5% as the local authority tried to make up for a £7 million gap in its 2019-20 budget.

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