4.95% — Time to Have Your Say on CBC's Proposed Council Tax Rise 2021-2

  • Each winter, Central Bedfordshire Council refreshes its budget proposals which includes proposals for Council Tax in 2021/22. Have your say by 5pm, 27 January 2021.

In the next financial year (from April 2021 until March 2022), the authority expect to be spending £402million on services. This is known as the revenue budget and is largely funded by council tax and business rates.

The largest proportion of the funding is spent on more specialist services for those who are most in need of help, including those who are disabled, or who may need care services or protection. This includes services for children and young people as well as older or other vulnerable adults.

This budget also funds core services: such as refuse and recycling, roads, leisure, libraries, parks and countryside services.

A further £128million is expected to be spent on schools, roads and other infrastructure projects. This is funded through loans or selling land or buildings the council owns and reinvesting this money.

The budget also includes efficiency proposals totalling £10.7million as the authority continues to review how it works to ensure they are as efficient as possible. 

Central Bedfordshire faces big increases in demands, particularly in Adult Social Care. It also recognises the pressures it faces in key areas and plans to make specific investments in services such as public health, social care and children’s services (including services for children with special educational needs/disabilities). The authority will also need to focus on economic recovery and supporting job creation.

To bridge the gap between what is needed and what it anticipates in terms of income, an overall Council Tax rise for Central Bedfordshire Council is proposed of 4.95%. For a Band D property this would result in a council tax increase of around £1.50 per week.
  • 3% of this increase would be only used to support social care services for vulnerable adults, either living in their own homes or in residential care
  • 1.95% of this increase would be used to support the Council’s other services
In addition to Central Bedfordshire Council, other authorities also depend on Council taxes and they will also be putting forward their suggested increases. This including local town and parish councils, the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Bedfordshire Police.

Have your say on CBC's Proposed 4.95% increase

You can have your say on these proposals on the council's website.

For those who would prefer to fill in a paper copy of the survey, please call the Council on 0300 300 8000.

The consultation closes at 5pm 27 January 2021.

Elected Councillors will consider your feedback before setting a final budget in February 2021.