Posted by: John Brace | 11th February 2019

How much will your council tax go up by from April 2019 (if you live on the Wirral)?

How much will your council tax go up by from April 2019 (if you live on the Wirral)?

                                         

Cllr Phil Davies (right) 27th September 2018

Cllr Phil Davies (right) 27th September 2018

Wirral Council’s Cabinet meets next Monday morning to decide on Labour’s Budget for Wirral Council for 2019-20.

The budget will then be formally approved at a public meeting of all Wirral Council councillors on the evening of the 4th March 2019.

All elements that make up the council tax (Wirral Council, police, fire and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) are going up. In addition Cabinet is asked to delegate to an employee (Shaer Halewood) raising the fees and charges Wirral Council makes not on an annual basis, but on an ad hoc basis with one Cabinet Member merely “consulted” on the changes but not making the decision.

However back to the council tax. Here is a list of the increase in pounds (based on this year’s council tax) for each band. Not everyone will pay these amounts as various discounts and exemptions can apply. The extra amounts are listed in the following order, LCRCA, police, fire and Wirral Council. The councillors on the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority have yet to formally meet and decide on the budget (they will meet on the 28th), and also Wirral Council’s Cabinet haven’t yet formally proposed a budget (they will meet on the 18th), so these amounts are predictions based on current budget proposals. Below are the increases over the year.

Band (LCRCA increase + police increase + fire increase + Wirral Council increase).

A £12.67 + £16.00 + £1.52 + £29.48 = £59.67 increase

B £14.78 + £18.66 + £1.77 + £34.40 = £69.61 increase

C £16.89 + £21.33 + £2.03 + £39.31 = £79.56 increase

D £19.00 + £24.00 + £2.28 + £44.23 = £89.51 increase

E £23.22 + £29.33 + £2.79 + £54.05 = £109.39 increase

F £27.44 + £34.66 + £3.29 + £63.88 = £129.27 increase

G £31.67 + £40.00 + £3.80 + £73.71 = £149.18 increase

H £38.00 + £48.00 + £4.56 + £88.46 = £179.02 increase

There may be also be minor increases on top of the above figures due to amounts that go to the Mersey Port Health Authority and Environment Agency.

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Responses

  1. Can we leave the LCRA? I cant imagine any Wirral resident is seeing any benefit at all by being part of this extra level of bureaucracy.

    Will LCRA invest in Birkenhead, doubtful, why would they it would just create competition for there Liverpool waterfront.

    Whats more worrying though is Phil Davies and his crew of incompetents think its great!

    • In theory Wirral Council could. In practice though it would then mean Wirral Council would have to directly provide as a council some of the services currently provided by the LCRCA and Merseytravel. Which as it would just be done on a Wirral basis would probably be more expensive.

      Yes Wirral Council would save the ~£22 million transport levy to the LCRCA and Wirral residents wouldn’t pay their share of the council tax precept, but then Wirral residents would pay higher Mersey Tunnel tolls (for example).

      Phil Davies is Wirral Council’s appointment to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

  2. Bloody cheek! Can’t even spend the money they already have wisely,
    Have you noticed all the road bollards and street light which have been broken/not working for the last year! all of a sudden are starting to be fixed, is this down to using up last years budget?
    Bloody cheek the whole lot of them want throwing in jail not fit to serve

  3. The band will determine how much Council tax you will have to pay and the full Council tax bill is based on two or more adults living in your property.

    • Yes, a single person (from memory) living on their own attracts a 25% discount.


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