Solihull Council has agreed its budget for 2019/20, which includes the new council tax rate.
At the Full Council meeting last night (28 February), councillors agreed a budget of £147.620 million.
In total, council tax will increase by 2.90% which incorporates a 1.00% increase to fund adult social care.
The Band D council tax figure, excluding police, fire and parish precepts, will be £1,358.04. This includes £1,259.73 for general council tax and £98.31 for adult social care. It is an increase of £38.27 on last year.
The Council also approved a Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and efficiency plan up to 2022, which is designed to ensure that Council priorities continue to be met against anticipated continual financial constraints. The strategy outlines the Council’s commitment to ensuring resources will be focused towards services which contribute most to improving outcomes for local people.
Councillor Bob Sleigh OBE, Leader of the Council, said:
“Along with the rest of the public sector, we continue to face huge challenges to deliver Council services with a much lower level of funding than previously. This is particularly the case for adult social care and children’s services where we are continuing to see an increase in demand for services.
“With regards to setting the council tax, there is a balance to be struck between the potential impact of a higher increase on council tax payers and of a lower increase on the services we deliver to residents.
“I am pleased that my fellow councillors have agreed the council tax rate and strategic three-year budgeting approach. It means we can continue to improve the lives of residents and carry on delivering great services. We are committed to make the best use of our resources by aligning them to the needs of Solihull people.”