Staffordshire County Council propose 4.95 per cent tax increase

HOUSEHOLDERS face a 4.95 per cent council tax hike by Staffordshire County Council for 2017/18.

This increase equates to an extra demand of £53.89 a year made on Band D householders in the county.

The council had planned a 3.95 per cent hike before Government relaxed its rules on increases.

As a result a social care precept of up to three per cent can be imposed as part of a tax increase.

The extra one per cent is expected to generate an extra £3 million for spending on adult social care.

The Conservative-led authority is to receive a ‘one-off’ social care support grant of £3.6 million from Government, but this is insufficient to meet demands.

Band D householders in the county currently pay £1,088.65 a year in council tax, but if the new increase is approved this figure will rise to £1,142.54.