Haverhill Town Council approves modest Council Tax rise

New Haverhill Town Council clerk Colin Poole
New Haverhill Town Council clerk Colin Poole

Haverhill Town Council last night approved its first Council Tax increase since April 2014.

Its annual precept for 2016-17 will rise by 1.2 per cent, equivalent to almost 3p a week.

The council says the modest rise, along with its tightening of finance budgets, will enable it to absorb the loss of a £32,233 Support Grant being withdrawn by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

This is the third year the Support Grant has been cut, resulting in a cumulative loss to the town council coffers of £193,000.

Colin Poole, the town clerk, justified the increase against a background of budget savings.

He said: “When I came into post in June 2014, the town council’s expenditure budget was £1.26 million. This year the budget is £1.07 million. “Whilst any increase in council tax will be unwelcome in some households, the context is that nearly £200,000 of savings have had to be found, so it is not surprising that we are in a position where a small precept increase is also needed to maintain the services and events people enjoy in town.”