Inverclyde Council raises council tax by 4.79%

Friday 22 February 2019

Inverclyde Council has decided to increase the council tax for 2019/20 by the maximum 4.79% recommended by the Scottish Government.

The increase will generate an extra £1.4million in revenue for the authority which is facing a £3.3million funding gap.

From 1 April 2019 local residents, living in a Band D rated home, will see their council tax rise by £1.14 a week to £1,293.05.

Councillor Stephen McCabe, Leader of Inverclyde Council, said, “Based on the funding we have received from the Scottish Government, we are facing a £3.3million gap between the money we have available and the current cost of the services we provide to the people of Inverclyde.

“The only options available to us are to: increase the council tax, increase how much we charge for local services or cut services.

“None of us want to raise the council tax but we have to. Sometimes the right decision is not the popular decision but we are facing a straightforward choice between higher taxes or bigger cuts. This increase will allow us to limit the scale of the cuts that we would otherwise have to make to local services.”

Nearly half of Inverclyde’s homes lie in Band A which will see an increase of 76p a week. Some 25% of all Inverclyde council tax payers also receive help through the Council Tax Reduction scheme.

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