Precept row has new twist

South Holland District Council deputy leader Paul Przyszlak.
South Holland District Council deputy leader Paul Przyszlak.

South Holland District Council has hit back in a row over council tax bills in Holbeach.

Confusion about this year’s 5.3 per cent precept, compared to just under two per cent set by parish councillors in January, was revealed in the Guardian last week.

The Government has slashed the amount set aside to help low income earners, pensioners and others unable to pay their council tax in full.

Parish councillors claimed it had not been told of the cut in the Council Tax Support Grant, passed on to parish and town councils by South Holland District Council on behalf of the Government.

But a district council spokesman said: “We contacted Holbeach Parish Council in January to advise them of changes to the parish support grant so that they could take this into account when setting their budget, as we did with all parish councils.

“South Holland continues to pay a reducing interim parish support grant when many other areas are not doing so and when central government funding is reducing.”

Deputy district council leader Paul Przyszlak added: “We implemented a grant scheme to dampen the effect by a reducing amount over time and the effect on Holbeach Parish Council required a further increase in their precept.”