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Councillors to debate plan to raise part of Lichfield and Burntwood council tax bills by 3.1%

People in Lichfield and Burntwood could see part of their council tax bill rise by 3.1%.

Lichfield District Council will meet this week to discuss the proposals which would see a band D property face a bill of £164.99 – a rise of £5.

The figure means the local authority does not fall foul of the Localism Act which means councils must hold a referendum to approve any rises above £5.

Cllr Christopher Spruce

Cllr Christopher Spruce

Councillor Chris Spruce, Cabinet member for finance and democracy at Lichfield District Council, said: “We are facing significant cuts in the funding we receive from central government, which has previously helped us to deliver key local services.

“By 2019 we will no longer receive any core government funding and will need to be independently financially sustainable.

“To help us to do this, at this week’s full council meeting members will vote on whether to increase our part of the council tax bill by 3.1% this year.”

At present, Lichfield District Council keeps 10.3% of the council tax paid, while the rest goes to fund Staffordshire County Council (71.2%), Staffordshire Police (11.3%), Staffordshire Fire & Rescue (4.5%), and parish councils (2.7%).

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