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Council tax to rise as Solihull agrees budget for year ahead

Solihull Editorial 28th Feb, 2022

HOUSEHOLDERS in Solihull will be paying more in their council tax after borough councillors passed a budget of £163.967million for the year 2022-23.

For those in a Band D property council tax goes up by £56.80 to £1,517.04, a rise of 3.89 per cent.

This is made up of 1.99 per cent for general council tax and 1.9 per cent ringfenced for social care.

Councillor Ian Courts, the Leader of Solihull MBC.

However the final council tax residents pay will be higher as these figures do not include charges set by West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and any parish/town council precepts, if applicable.

At the meeting councillors also approved a Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) up to 2024/25.

This is the authority’s corporate strategy to manage its finances produently to deliver services and plan for growth against a background of reductions in funding from central government.

Coun Ian Courts, Leader of the Council, said: “In setting the council tax, there is always a fine balance between the potential impact of a higher increase on council tax payers against the risk of the ability to deliver the services residents need and expect.

“I think we have struck the right balance to protect the services I know residents and businesses demand.

“I am pleased Council has agreed this new council tax rate and a new strategic three-year budget.

“It means we can continue to work with partners to reduce inequalities and build a sustainable, healthier future for those who live, work and learn in the borough.

“It will allow us to focus additional resources on adult social care and our safeguarding work in children’s services.

“We can continue with our ambitious economic development plan, deliver a bold environmental programme and carry on supporting our people and their communities.”

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