Thursday 19 January 2023

EAST RIDING households face a council tax hike of 4.99 per cent to cover a £40.7 million increase in the cost of providing services, this year’s draft Budget has proposed. Council Head of Finance Julian Neilson said in an introduction to the Budget that the authority was facing huge cost increases in the new financial year, starting in April, while there’s a forecast that the council will see an overspend of £3.3 million in the current year to the end of March. 

The draft Budget states that without the tax hikes there would be a £36m spending deficit by 2027 unless spending on services like roads, libraries and care is significantly slashed. The proposals see the monthly cost of council tax rise by £6.72 for Band D properties, equivalent to £80.68-a-year, if councillors approve it in February. 

The figure does not include precepts for Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and town and parish councils, levied on top of the East Riding tax. A five per cent rise in rent for council house tenants is also proposed.

MEANWHILE, ruling Conservative members of the council discussing the Budget have agreed not to make any changes to car parking charges in the coming financial year. In light of continued pressure on small businesses and shops, members felt that changing charging policy in the current economic climate would be the wrong thing to do. 

EAST RIDING Council’s Vaccination Bus will be at Flemingate, opposite East Riding College, on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, offering both walk-in and pre-booked appointments for the NHS flu vaccine for Reception to Year 6 children who missed their in-school vaccine clinic last term. Flu vaccination for those up to the age of 18 is by a nasal spray. To pre-book or for more information, email or call 0333 358 3397.