Council tax in Bradford is set to rise by almost 3% following a full council meeting yesterday that set the council’s spending budget for 2022-23.
Council Tax will increase by 2.99%, which includes 1% social care precept, and is equivalent to an increase of £29.88 per year for a property in Band A and £44.82 per year in Band D.
The Council’s net budget for 2022-23 is £388.5million.
The budget is balanced with the use of approximately £3.6m of reserves, with a further £10m of reserves being earmarked for Social Care.
The budget for this next financial year has been “developed with significant financial pressures in the years preceding the pandemic”, the council said.
A spokesperson for the council said: “Since 2011, the Council has had to find over £300m in savings and extra income as a result of national spending cuts, increasing demand and rising costs.
“Covid-19 has had a significant financial impact requiring additional expenditure while at the same time reducing income and the future impacts of Covid-19 on Council resources and the current uncertainties of national local government settlement and funding arrangements.”
They added: “It prioritises the delivery of key Council services and the realisation of ambition for the future. A lower than inflation increase in Council tax avoids the need for new cuts and redundancies. It enables the council to keep visible services going, care for our vulnerable adults and children and stay focussed on delivering key priorities for the residents of the district.
“The budget agreed by councillors for the next financial year marks the culmination of months of planning. This budget means no new cuts to services and no new redundancies but focuses on the delivery of services with the scope for new investment severely limited and previously agreed savings must continue to be delivered and Council tax must increase in line with the Government’s own assumptions.
“A new reserve for social care purposes has been created given the council’s continuing commitment to provide the necessary substantial investment in social care and at a time when the social care sector faces considerable pressures, including the ongoing potential pressures arising from the medium-term impact of Covid-19.”
As part of the budget setting process, the Council’s Capital Investment Plan from 2022-23 to 2025-26 has been proposed.
This represents an £800 million programme of investment on long term projects across the district such as additional funds to deliver the Bereavement Strategy and the relocation of Baildon Library.
In 2021-22 the Council made new investments in skills, business support, educational recovery from Covid-19 visible services like street cleaning, support to our communities and in the skills and capacity of our workforce in order to help deliver on the District’s priorities.