South Gloucestershire Council agree their budget
South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) element of the council tax levied on local households is to increase by 4.99 percent from April 2023.
This rise is the maximum amount allowed without going to a public referendum.
From April 2023, residents in Patchway will be paying on average £2334.99 (based on a BAND D) whilst residents in the newly formed Charlton Hayes parish will be paying on average £2113.19.
Residents in Patchway will get the wider benefit of a small increase due to land being maintained by both South Gloucestershire Council and Patchway Town Council. Patchway boasts a lot of community assets which are under the jurisdiction of the Town Council and money will be spent on improving our assets for Patchway residents as well as retaining local services, events and facilities for all of our residents in Patchway.
Key investments include:
More than £37 million to help deliver the new primary and secondary schools in Lyde Green, for which delivery plans are expected to be approved in the coming months
More than £14 million on the improvement programme for the Castle School Education Trust schools in Thornbury: Castle and Marlwood
£3 million to increase the provision of new homes for children in care, to help them stay close to their local communities
Funding delivered by the council directly to local schools will increase by £15.2 million (8.1 percent) and local spending on the High Needs Block, which supports children with additional needs, will rise by £5.2 million (11.5 percent). More than £267 million will be spent by schools and to support early years settings and post-16 learning in South Gloucestershire, with minimum per-pupil funding of at least £4,405 for each primary school and £5,715 for secondary school child.
The council will also make changes to some services in order to reduce its costs by more than £24 million, while also increasing income through fees and charges for eligible services.
Cllr Toby Savage, leader of the council, said: “These are tough financial times for the council, as they are for all our residents and businesses. But I am pleased that we are able to set a budget that builds on our hard work in previous years and which continues to deliver on our priorities for residents and businesses across South Gloucestershire.”
“The council will continue to invest tens of millions of pounds in local schools to ensure record attainment levels continue and take decisive action to tackle the climate crisis. We will build vital public transport infrastructure and invest in local high streets to ensure that our significant achievements over the past few years continue.”
More information on the Council Tax that you will pay is online at: https://council.southglos.gov.uk/documents/s141866/Appendix%205%20-%20Council%20tax%20including%20Police%20and%20Fire%20by%20band.pdf