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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Tax bills being finalised by Cumbrian councils

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

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

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 increase as in2013/14.

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

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

The county council has also frozen its share, with an average of £1,161.50 from every household going into its coffers.

However, the police authority’s allocation will rise by 1.93 per cent, from £204.66 to £208.62.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Panel had already voted against any rise but it was pushed through byelected crime commissioner Richard Rhodes this week.

Exactly how much each household pays will vary slightly, depending on its property band and whether there is an additional parish precept.

In Eden, the council has agreed to 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.

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 on average to £1,579.90.

Allerdale councillors will debate the rise on Wednesday at a meeting of the fullcouncil.

Meanwhile, in Copeland a rise of 1.95 per cent was expected to be agreed yesterday, taking the district’s average bill from £1,573.07 to £1,581.60.

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