City Mayor council tax letter
Letter addressed to all residents, March 2022.
With this letter you will find your council tax bill for 2022/23.
Council tax helps pay for essential services provided by Leicester City Council, Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner, and the Combined Fire Authority.
I know that rising living costs are making it harder to make ends meet. We do offer help with ways to pay your council tax, and with how much you have to pay. Every year we help thousands of households across Leicester in this way. There is more information about discounts and support on the back of your bill or online at leicester.gov.uk/counciltax. If you are worried that you might struggle to pay your council tax, please contact the council tax team as soon as possible. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0116 454 1005.
Setting our budget is becoming increasingly difficult:
- Between 2010 and 2020 we had to make big cuts to our services because of the Government’s austerity programme. Our government grant in 2020 was over £100 million per year less than it was in 2010.
- Despite austerity, we had to increase budgets to provide more social care for elderly people and adults with complex disabilities.
- The Government is making changes to adult social care, and plans to increase national insurance to meet the cost of these changes. However, none of the extra money will be available to us to provide care for the growing numbers of people who need it.
- The Government has not told us how much money we will get after 2022, but we expect it to be far short of what the city needs.
Like last year, our budget planning has been disrupted by the pandemic. The budget provides for the same levels of service as last year’s budget, with an additional £16m for adult social care. Only £5m of this is being provided by the Government.
We expect the costs of social care to increase substantially after 2022, with very little Government funding to support this. This means we have to plan for substantial cuts in our other services and have started an exercise to reduce spending by £40m. We have not yet decided where to make savings, but many of the city’s most valued services are at risk. We are having to review everything we provide, including libraries, museums, community centres, leisure centres and street cleaning services. We will consult before we make decisions.
Leicester City Council will be increasing its tax this year by 3%, 1% of which is to support social care. The Combined Fire Authority is increasing its share of tax by 7.2%, and the Police and Crime Commissioner is increasing his share by 4.0%. This means total tax will increase by 3.3%.
Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor