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How much council tax you'll need to pay

Council Chambers2

7:58am 7th March 2018

We will be finding out how much more tax we will be paying next year in Sunderland.

Final decisions will be made at the Council's Budget Meeting, including whether to increase our council tax by 5% as proposed in January.

The changes would mean paying an extra 83p a week for the majority of households in the city.

For a Band D property it is £1.24 a week.

4 million pounds towards children's social care was also planned in at the start of the year.

Sunderland City Council Civic Chambers

The figures include a two per cent adult social care precept that has been suggested by the Government.

The social care precept is anticipated to raise £1.79m and will be used to help support older and vulnerable people in care homes, and more than 4,000 people who receive care at their own homes.

Subject to this afternoon's meeting, this would be only the third year the tax has increased in Sunderland since 2010.

The tax helps pay for hundreds of services from helping the elderly and vulnerable, to refuse and recycling services. 

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Last year council tax raised approximately 14 per cent or £90m of the council's planned budget of £633m. The vast majority of council spending is grants from Central Government grants. 

Since 2010, the council has seen its spending power reduced by a third under the Government austerity programme with £290m taken out of its budgets.

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