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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Cumbrian councils decide tax bills for coming year

Authorities across Cumbria are in the process of finalising their council tax charges for the coming year.

Residents will soon find exactly how much they will pay, depending on where they live and the property band.

Yesterday Copeland council agreed a rise of 1.95 per cent, taking the average annual bill – based on a band D property – from £1573.07 to £1581.60.

Of this, £187.29 will go to the borough council – up from £183.69 in 2013/14.

The remaining money will go to Cumbria County Council and the police authority.

The county council, however, has frozen its share, meaning that stays the same with an average of £1,161.50 from every home going into its coffers.

But the police authority allocation will rise by 1.93 per cent, from £204.66 to £208.62. Cumbria’s Police and Crime Panel had voted against any rise but it was pushed through by Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes this week.

For those living in Allerdale, a rise has yet to be finalised but the council’s executive is proposing to up its share by 1.9 per cent.

This would mean an overall band D bill rising from £1,569.31 to £1,579.90.

Allerdale will debate the rise on Wednesday at a meeting of the full council.

Exactly how much each household pays in council tax will vary slightly, depending property band and whether there is an additional parish precept in their area.

In Carlisle, where the city council has agreed to freeze its share, the average annual payment – based on a band D property – will be £1,563.55.

Last year the average bill was £1,559.59. This marks an overall rise of 0.25 per cent, the same in crease as in 2013/14.

Of this total, £193.43 will go direct to the city council – the same amount as last year.

In Eden, the district council will increase its share of the council tax by 1.99 per cent. This means the average bill for a band D property will rise from £1,567.96 last year to £1,576.19 in 2014/15.

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