Newport residents will see nil increase to their ‘local’ council tax

Newport Parish Council have agreed not to increase the annual precept (the local part of your council tax) ensuring it remains one of the lowest across the Isle of Wight.

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Last night Newport Parish Council unanimously agreed a proposal from Cllr Geoff Lumley, Finance lead, for a nil increase in its annual precept for 2017/18.

One of the lowest Isle of Wight precepts
This will mean that Newport Parish will continue to have one of the lowest precepts of all the Island’s town and parish councils – currently 38.4p per week per Band D household.

The £296k overall Budget will:

  • maintain annual support for Christmas lighting in the town and provide another of the popular Firework events at Victoria Recreation Ground next November;
  • continue support for services devolved from the IW Council, such as allotments, grounds maintenance in smaller parks and recreation grounds, maintenance of the Victoria Rec Pavilion, public conveniences, some school crossing patrols, and countryside management of places like Shide Chalkpit and Dodnor Creek;
  • provide new support for youth engagement events, clearing up parts of Fairlee cemetery, training provision at the Downside Community Centre, and a street art project;
  • continue with annual grants to Newport Carnival, Carisbrooke Castle Museum, Riverfest, CAB, some town sporting organisations, and for continuance of the 39 bus service;
  • commence new annual grants to Newport Football Club, the Homeless Bus project, Newport Foodbank and a scheme run by the Footprint Trust to assist people with heating bills.

Maintaining the low precept
Cllr Lumley said,

“Once again Newport shows that it can step in to to cover services the IW Council can no longer provide and support events, projects and organisations in the parish without having a high precept.”

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Tuesday, 10th January, 2017 10:49am

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  1. On a wider issue, wonder what a 1% Council Tax increase would bring in, and its effect on Social Care if the whole increase was given to Welfare? What increase would make a difference and is it affordable?
    I’ve heard Agencies charge the Authority 40p a mile for a carers visit, whilst the carer receives 20p a mile to provide and run a car. Suggest the Agency getting 20p a mile an expensive way to run what is surely effectively a self run service between the carers!
    Can this service be more cost effectively managed; perhaps by brining it back in-house?
    Only asking?

    • Well, you won’t be wondering what 1% will bring in for much longer as the council will be increasing council tax by 3% this year in line with the governments guidelines and it will go towards Adult social care.

      Last time I looked (which was a while ago) at agency carers, some were indeed paying 20p per mile (or less) between visits only, as well as not paying for time between appointments. There was a national legal case underway to address this problem; someone more up on it will be able to say how it is going.

      I believe the council paid the proper legal rates and conditions for the job which made it expensive to operate in-house.

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