POLITICS: The reason for Holbeach precept increase

Paul Przyszlak ANL-140528-094339001
Paul Przyszlak ANL-140528-094339001
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Further to your recent reports concerning the parish precept (council tax) required by Holbeach Parish Council, the reason for this increase is as described in your report.

Following a decision by central government to remove council tax benefit and replace it with a local scheme along with 
reduced funding, while protecting certain claimants, South Holland District Council implemented a grant scheme to dampen the effect by a reducing amount over time. All parish councils were made aware of the scheme when it was introduced and they were informed of the 2015/16 grant in January. The effect on Holbeach Parish Council was that, although their net budget was increased this year by 1.9 per cent, the effect of the damping arrangement required a further increase in their precept.

All parish councils were made aware of the scheme when it was introduced and they were informed of the 2015/16 grant in January