Council tax in the Vale of Glamorgan will increase by 4.9%. Vale of Glamorgan councilors discussed and voted to approve a series of budget proposals for 2023/24 at a full council meeting on Monday 6 March. Several proposed fees and charges were also approved at the meeting. Among them were the increase in rent for the premises, the license to install cafe-style tables and the cost of toilet tables.

The budget amendments were proposed by the Conservative and Plaid Cymru groups on the council. The Conservatives have proposed freezing council taxes on municipal reserves, with the group’s leader, Cllr George Carroll, saying it should be used for a “dark day”.

And he added: “It’s raining and it’s time to enjoy them.” Plaid Cymru group leader Cllr Ian Johnson has proposed a more modest 2% increase in council tax. Both amendments failed. See some of the changes coming to the district.

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Raising council taxes is one way the council hopes to address its current £9.7m funding gap. The council-approved 4.9% increase in council tax means residents living in Group D properties will pay up to £1,464.75. This is an increase of £1.32 per week.

The council said a smaller increase was expected than other local authorities in Wales, with Cllr council leader Lis Burnett saying the council tax level in the county was currently below the Welsh average. However, other advisers argued that the authority should use its general reserves of £11 million to avoid the proposed increase.

Boards across the country often have financial reserves to be able to plan for the future. This can be set aside and used for specific projects or spent in response to emergencies.

Speaking at the meeting on Monday, Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet member Cllr Mark Wilson said: “If you keep attacking the reserves, you’ll have nothing.” The board proposed using earmarked reserves to soften the impact of specific pressures on utility costs, homelessness costs and free school meals.

Community Services

There were no changes to the rates proposed by the board and the rates discussed between December and January. Noting that there have been no changes to these fees and charges, the board confirmed that the county would increase its childcare fees to match the expected level of inflation.

Expenditure on the council’s daily in-house services, which serve people with intellectual disabilities, will increase by over £10, from £110 per day to £121.77 per day. The daily service fee for the elderly will increase from £64.70 to £71.62 per day, and for the disabled it will increase from £61.50 to £68.08.

Recycling and garbage collection

A proposal to raise the cost of toilet carts from £2 to £10 was passed despite concerns from some councilors that this could affect vulnerable families. The new cost of caddies will cover purchase, storage and delivery costs.

The bulky waste fee will be increased by 25%, meaning the cost of collecting up to three items of bulky waste from the curb will increase from £20 to £25. The council will charge a collection fee of £5 per item for additional items.

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Annual rents for Vale of Glamorgan council allotments in Barry and Roos will increase by 67%. The increase will see the accommodation fee rise from £6.50 per hanger (25.3 square metres) per year to £11.20 per hanger per year.

Cowbridge Accommodation Fees will remain unchanged at £14 per hanger per annum. Several people in Barrie told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that they were worried about their fortunes deteriorating.

The council said the proposed increase is aimed at making permits more self-supporting, adding that people who own perch can apply for a 50% reduction.

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The council’s decision to increase the cost of open table licenses for cafes was also upheld on Monday. Businesses with five to 10 sidewalk tables will have to pay £500 more than they already pay.

This will increase the cost of a street license from £500 to £1,000 a year. Below are the complete street license changes:

  • One or two tables with eight chairs: £250 per year
  • Three or four tables with a maximum of 16 chairs: £500 per year
  • 5 to 10 tables with 40 chairs – £1,000 per year
  • 11 or more tables with 40+ chairs (plus £35 per
    per year per seat over 40 seats) – £1500 per year

The board’s report on its final budget proposals read: “During the pandemic, cafeteria permits were reduced to zero as businesses could not use their indoor facilities and were dependent on outdoor spaces for their business. The now open spaces are much additional business capability for these merchants and joining the license fee review is competitive and beneficial compared to neighboring authorities.’

Source: Wales Online