Council tax could rise 3.9% in the Vale of Glamorgan, according to a report set to go to the Council's Cabinet on Monday.
The report - which is expected to be approved on Monday - proposes that the Band D Council Tax rate is set at £1,357.02 for 2021/22, an increase of 3.9% from the current year.
The rise echoes that of nearby Cardiff and Caerphilly councils, where it has been agreed that Council tax will rise by around 4%. This was underlined by the report, which stated that the proposed rise for Band D Council tax here in the Vale would still leave the county's rate below the Welsh average when taking into account increases to be approved by other Councils in Wales for 2021/22.
A Vale of Glamorgan Council spokesperson said: “No firm decisions on Council tax rates for the next financial year have yet been taken. On Monday Cabinet will consider revised estimates based on the provisional financial settlement from Welsh Government. This will then be considered by the Council’s Corporate Performance and Resources Committee three days later. The final proposals with regards to Council Tax levels for 2021/22 will be considered by Cabinet on February 22 and if approved will have to be agreed by full Council before being implemented.
“The Council is working hard to protect the vital services on which residents rely. Local authorities in Wales have endured a decade of austerity in which funding was consistently cut and the pandemic has only increased financial pressures. It is vital we have funds available to help the most vulnerable members of our communities and to support businesses at this challenging time.
“We appreciate that some individuals may have difficulties paying Council tax at the moment and over the coming months. Anyone in difficulty can contact the Council by emailing email@example.com to discuss their situation.”
Conservatives in the Vale of Glamorgan have called the rise "completely unacceptable at a time when we face unprecedented economic crisis"
"It's simply not fair, hard-pressed residents in the Vale of Glamorgan should pay for the financial mismanagement of the Labour administration."
"We stand with our Conservative colleagues on the Council who will be voting against the rise."
The Vale Council is expected to receive an increase in funding from the Welsh Government, at 4.9%, equating to an increase of £7.119M from the previous year.
The Council’s budget is determined largely by the funding provided by the Welsh Government and in previous years, the provisional settlement has been received from the Welsh Government during October, with the final settlement being received during December.
However, this year, the provisional settlement was not received until 22nd December 2020, due to the timing of the UK Government settlement. The Welsh Government had advised that, due to the delay in publication, provisional settlements include the amended tax base for each authority and therefore, changes between the provisional and final settlement will be kept to a minimum, however, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it is possible there may be some amendments to the settlement detail.