Dorset County Council agrees to council tax rise

Dorset Echo: Dorset County Council agrees to council tax rise Dorset County Council agrees to council tax rise

COUNCILLORS have agreed a rise in council tax for Dorset as well as cuts of £15million.

In proposing the budget for the 2014/15 financial year county council leader Spencer Flower said members needed to ‘embrace change’ of a radical nature as it sought to face the challenges it encounters in coming years.

The council leader also proposed a council tax rise of 1.99 per cent for the coming year, after the authority had frozen the charge for the last three years in exchange for a grant from central government.

The rise will see the charge for a Band D mid range property rise from £23.25 from £1,168.29 to £1,191.54.

Coun Flower said: “This council, along with many other councils, has reached the point where further reductions in funding are likely to have a serious impact on the delivery of front line services.”

The council tax rise and budget were approved, with the Conservative majority on the council ensuring all proposals were passed.

See Friday's Dorset Echo for more.

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2:42pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Redmic99 says...

Robbing barstewards.....
Robbing barstewards..... Redmic99

2:53pm Thu 13 Feb 14

portland rebel says...

well what did anyone expect ... a councilor speak up for the people against the council.
well what did anyone expect ... a councilor speak up for the people against the council. portland rebel

3:10pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Sally MacLennane says...

Some more efficiency and consolidation of services is desperately needed.

However it's not going to happen, as everyone involved in the decision making is aboard the very gravy-train that is the problem.
Some more efficiency and consolidation of services is desperately needed. However it's not going to happen, as everyone involved in the decision making is aboard the very gravy-train that is the problem. Sally MacLennane

4:33pm Thu 13 Feb 14

satisfecho says...

Should be more as £23.25 from a Band D is hardly going to make things better out there for us.
Should be more as £23.25 from a Band D is hardly going to make things better out there for us. satisfecho

5:29pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jmc1 says...

satisfecho wrote:
Should be more as £23.25 from a Band D is hardly going to make things better out there for us.
Maybe you can afford it but a lot of people can't .
[quote][p][bold]satisfecho[/bold] wrote: Should be more as £23.25 from a Band D is hardly going to make things better out there for us.[/p][/quote]Maybe you can afford it but a lot of people can't . jmc1

6:07pm Thu 13 Feb 14

satisfecho says...

jmc1 wrote:
satisfecho wrote:
Should be more as £23.25 from a Band D is hardly going to make things better out there for us.
Maybe you can afford it but a lot of people can't .
Thankfully, I can afford an extra £23.25 a year.

I could afford a bit more, but like others there is a cut-off to what one can afford (or want to afford)

I want to live in better world, and if it meant staying in one extra Saturday night a year to help pay my way then it would be a very worthwhile sacrifice.
[quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]satisfecho[/bold] wrote: Should be more as £23.25 from a Band D is hardly going to make things better out there for us.[/p][/quote]Maybe you can afford it but a lot of people can't .[/p][/quote]Thankfully, I can afford an extra £23.25 a year. I could afford a bit more, but like others there is a cut-off to what one can afford (or want to afford) I want to live in better world, and if it meant staying in one extra Saturday night a year to help pay my way then it would be a very worthwhile sacrifice. satisfecho

6:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

banknote says...

Take a look at County Hall in Dorchester.

Over the years a complete new floor has been placed on top of the original building, plus numerous outbuildings. But have you noticed any improvements in the services provided by the DCC?

The answer has to be no!

It is really time for DCC to do what any commercial organisation would do and cut its bloated staff.

And will it happen.........no! We'll just go on having to pay more for those who live in that extended ivory tower.
Take a look at County Hall in Dorchester. Over the years a complete new floor has been placed on top of the original building, plus numerous outbuildings. But have you noticed any improvements in the services provided by the DCC? The answer has to be no! It is really time for DCC to do what any commercial organisation would do and cut its bloated staff. And will it happen.........no! We'll just go on having to pay more for those who live in that extended ivory tower. banknote

7:00pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Dorset Boy says...

satisfecho wrote:
Should be more as £23.25 from a Band D is hardly going to make things better out there for us.
I am a pensioner,lucky to go out for an evening 2-3 times a year, just so that I can pay my council tax to fill the pockets of the high ups and councillors in the many useless councils that we have. Time to do away with the lot and have 1 unilateral authority
[quote][p][bold]satisfecho[/bold] wrote: Should be more as £23.25 from a Band D is hardly going to make things better out there for us.[/p][/quote]I am a pensioner,lucky to go out for an evening 2-3 times a year, just so that I can pay my council tax to fill the pockets of the high ups and councillors in the many useless councils that we have. Time to do away with the lot and have 1 unilateral authority Dorset Boy

9:40pm Thu 13 Feb 14

rallymaster says...

I like the way they say its been frozen for the past 3 years,why the hell did mine go up last year by £3 a month???
I like the way they say its been frozen for the past 3 years,why the hell did mine go up last year by £3 a month??? rallymaster

10:42pm Thu 13 Feb 14

cosmick says...

Do you think these people are looking after you or thereselves?
Do you think these people are looking after you or thereselves? cosmick

9:59am Fri 14 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Our governments ?(including local level) wasted more than 120 Billion from 2012-13 they have the cheek to ask for more? Sheep keep paying it.
Our governments ?(including local level) wasted more than 120 Billion from 2012-13 they have the cheek to ask for more? Sheep keep paying it. David_divenghy2

8:30pm Fri 14 Feb 14

radiator says...

Perhaps a percentage could be cut from the pension funds especially the top earners with their very generous final salary payouts.
Perhaps a percentage could be cut from the pension funds especially the top earners with their very generous final salary payouts. radiator

3:52pm Sat 15 Feb 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Plenty of money was found to build a new library in Dorchester, as a so-called boost to Phase 2 of the Charles Street development - which failed miserably - in cahoots with their now-merged WDDC colleagues. Anyone would think it's their own money they're playing with.
Plenty of money was found to build a new library in Dorchester, as a so-called boost to Phase 2 of the Charles Street development - which failed miserably - in cahoots with their now-merged WDDC colleagues. Anyone would think it's their own money they're playing with. CoogarUK.com

7:39am Tue 18 Feb 14

The Fish says...

rallymaster wrote:
I like the way they say its been frozen for the past 3 years,why the hell did mine go up last year by £3 a month???
The council tax remained the same but Police and Fire Service precepts have steadily increased during those three years.
[quote][p][bold]rallymaster[/bold] wrote: I like the way they say its been frozen for the past 3 years,why the hell did mine go up last year by £3 a month???[/p][/quote]The council tax remained the same but Police and Fire Service precepts have steadily increased during those three years. The Fish

2:16pm Tue 18 Feb 14

fancyabrew says...

The fact that council tax 'hasn't risen for three years' is an irrelevance. It wasn't that long ago that council tax was increasing by double the rate of inflation, year upon year. Where did that money go? Alledgedly, certain concil employees became 'consultants' during this period. Earning double their salary, doing the same job, but working half the hours. Before increasing council tax the council should be putting an end to these 'enrichment' schemes!
The fact that council tax 'hasn't risen for three years' is an irrelevance. It wasn't that long ago that council tax was increasing by double the rate of inflation, year upon year. Where did that money go? Alledgedly, certain concil employees became 'consultants' during this period. Earning double their salary, doing the same job, but working half the hours. Before increasing council tax the council should be putting an end to these 'enrichment' schemes! fancyabrew

10:37am Wed 19 Feb 14

cj07589 says...

Alas the never ending public funded gravy train continues unabated. Cull the quantity of mandarin executives and introduce defined contribution pensions at the earliest opportunity.
Alas the never ending public funded gravy train continues unabated. Cull the quantity of mandarin executives and introduce defined contribution pensions at the earliest opportunity. cj07589

5:18pm Wed 19 Feb 14

JamesYoung says...

fancyabrew wrote:
The fact that council tax 'hasn't risen for three years' is an irrelevance. It wasn't that long ago that council tax was increasing by double the rate of inflation, year upon year. Where did that money go? Alledgedly, certain concil employees became 'consultants' during this period. Earning double their salary, doing the same job, but working half the hours. Before increasing council tax the council should be putting an end to these 'enrichment' schemes!
The council has quite a challenge in dealing with the inefficiencies that are built into it. However, most of this rise in council tax will presumably to go give remaining employees an inflationary rise and, one would hope, protect services.
[quote][p][bold]fancyabrew[/bold] wrote: The fact that council tax 'hasn't risen for three years' is an irrelevance. It wasn't that long ago that council tax was increasing by double the rate of inflation, year upon year. Where did that money go? Alledgedly, certain concil employees became 'consultants' during this period. Earning double their salary, doing the same job, but working half the hours. Before increasing council tax the council should be putting an end to these 'enrichment' schemes![/p][/quote]The council has quite a challenge in dealing with the inefficiencies that are built into it. However, most of this rise in council tax will presumably to go give remaining employees an inflationary rise and, one would hope, protect services. JamesYoung

8:38pm Wed 19 Feb 14

cj07589 says...

JamesYoung wrote:
fancyabrew wrote:
The fact that council tax 'hasn't risen for three years' is an irrelevance. It wasn't that long ago that council tax was increasing by double the rate of inflation, year upon year. Where did that money go? Alledgedly, certain concil employees became 'consultants' during this period. Earning double their salary, doing the same job, but working half the hours. Before increasing council tax the council should be putting an end to these 'enrichment' schemes!
The council has quite a challenge in dealing with the inefficiencies that are built into it. However, most of this rise in council tax will presumably to go give remaining employees an inflationary rise and, one would hope, protect services.
Hi James, call me a cynic but I wouldn't get my hopes up that any meaningful fiscal efficiencies are pending. This lot are experts at the continued unjustified spending of others peoples money, littered with poor business decisions & absence of accountability.
You only need to look at the excessive executive renumeration packages quoted in the newspapers along with the revolving door hire, fire, golden handshake and take all you can culture.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fancyabrew[/bold] wrote: The fact that council tax 'hasn't risen for three years' is an irrelevance. It wasn't that long ago that council tax was increasing by double the rate of inflation, year upon year. Where did that money go? Alledgedly, certain concil employees became 'consultants' during this period. Earning double their salary, doing the same job, but working half the hours. Before increasing council tax the council should be putting an end to these 'enrichment' schemes![/p][/quote]The council has quite a challenge in dealing with the inefficiencies that are built into it. However, most of this rise in council tax will presumably to go give remaining employees an inflationary rise and, one would hope, protect services.[/p][/quote]Hi James, call me a cynic but I wouldn't get my hopes up that any meaningful fiscal efficiencies are pending. This lot are experts at the continued unjustified spending of others peoples money, littered with poor business decisions & absence of accountability. You only need to look at the excessive executive renumeration packages quoted in the newspapers along with the revolving door hire, fire, golden handshake and take all you can culture. cj07589

8:55pm Wed 19 Feb 14

JamesYoung says...

cj07589 wrote:
JamesYoung wrote:
fancyabrew wrote:
The fact that council tax 'hasn't risen for three years' is an irrelevance. It wasn't that long ago that council tax was increasing by double the rate of inflation, year upon year. Where did that money go? Alledgedly, certain concil employees became 'consultants' during this period. Earning double their salary, doing the same job, but working half the hours. Before increasing council tax the council should be putting an end to these 'enrichment' schemes!
The council has quite a challenge in dealing with the inefficiencies that are built into it. However, most of this rise in council tax will presumably to go give remaining employees an inflationary rise and, one would hope, protect services.
Hi James, call me a cynic but I wouldn't get my hopes up that any meaningful fiscal efficiencies are pending. This lot are experts at the continued unjustified spending of others peoples money, littered with poor business decisions & absence of accountability.
You only need to look at the excessive executive renumeration packages quoted in the newspapers along with the revolving door hire, fire, golden handshake and take all you can culture.
Hi CJ, keeping well, old bean?
To an extent i think you are right, and there are still some idiot decisions being taken. However, it's far better than it was. My wife works for the council, and the department she is in is being scrutinised very heavily. At grass roots level, the workforce have never worked harder. I suspect the higher up the tree you climb, the more unaccountable you become. However, a 2% council tax increase is not huge and i'd rather struggle than see services cut any further (as you well know, it is always the vulnerable that get clobbered)
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fancyabrew[/bold] wrote: The fact that council tax 'hasn't risen for three years' is an irrelevance. It wasn't that long ago that council tax was increasing by double the rate of inflation, year upon year. Where did that money go? Alledgedly, certain concil employees became 'consultants' during this period. Earning double their salary, doing the same job, but working half the hours. Before increasing council tax the council should be putting an end to these 'enrichment' schemes![/p][/quote]The council has quite a challenge in dealing with the inefficiencies that are built into it. However, most of this rise in council tax will presumably to go give remaining employees an inflationary rise and, one would hope, protect services.[/p][/quote]Hi James, call me a cynic but I wouldn't get my hopes up that any meaningful fiscal efficiencies are pending. This lot are experts at the continued unjustified spending of others peoples money, littered with poor business decisions & absence of accountability. You only need to look at the excessive executive renumeration packages quoted in the newspapers along with the revolving door hire, fire, golden handshake and take all you can culture.[/p][/quote]Hi CJ, keeping well, old bean? To an extent i think you are right, and there are still some idiot decisions being taken. However, it's far better than it was. My wife works for the council, and the department she is in is being scrutinised very heavily. At grass roots level, the workforce have never worked harder. I suspect the higher up the tree you climb, the more unaccountable you become. However, a 2% council tax increase is not huge and i'd rather struggle than see services cut any further (as you well know, it is always the vulnerable that get clobbered) JamesYoung

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