North East Derbyshire District Council has approved its budget for 2022/23, including changes to rent and Council Tax payments.
The Council’s Leader, Cllr Alex Dale commented on the budget - “We are really pleased to have been able to once again adopt a balanced budget that will meet the needs of our residents and businesses alike.
“Officers and members at the Council have worked incredibly hard to make this happen alongside the stability that the Government’s financial settlement has provided this year.
“Council tax setting is always a difficult decision. Providing high quality services is hugely important to us but we have to balance this with the rising costs and inflation that we an organisation are experiencing alongside our residents. We have therefore approved a below-inflation Council Tax increase of £5 (2.58%) on a Band D property this year. We believe this achieves a balance between ensuring the sustainability of our vital services, whilst also trying to keep to a minimum the impact on the pockets of our residents, many of whom we know are facing challenges of their own.”
“We have also taken the decision to continue to follow government guidance when setting council house rents with an increase of 4.1% in 2022/23. The guidance which came into force in 2020, allows for increases of CPI + 1%.
As with council tax setting this is always a difficult decision for us. Setting the right level of rent is fundamental to ensuring that our council homes remain well maintained and providing high quality housing services in partnership with Rykneld Homes is hugely important to us. But we do have to balance this with the rising costs and inflation that we are experiencing, as well as the impact of previous years’ reductions”.