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Council tax bills set to rise by £70 in Cornwall

Council tax bills set to rise by £70 in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:42am 19th February 2020. (Updated at 10:50am 19th February 2020)

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Council tax bills look set to increase on average by just over £70 to pay for services from Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police.

With Cornwall Council’s budget proposals set to go before full council on Tuesday full details of proposed increases have been published.

Councillors will be asked to vote on plans to raise the council’s share of council tax by 3.99% for 2020/21.

This includes a general increase of 1.99% along with a 2% charge for adult social care.

For a band D property the share of council tax for the council will be £1,588.02 – an increase of £60.93 compared to last year.

Devon and Cornwall’s police and crime commissioner Alison Hernandez has agreed a 4.41% increase in the police’s share of council tax bills.

This means that the police’s share for a Band D property for 2020/21 will be £221.64 – an increase of £9.36 compared to last year.

It means the bill for council tax in Cornwall for the council and police for a band D property will be £1,809.66.

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In addition residents also have to pay charges set by parish and town councils which vary in each area.

With town and parish councils having taken over a variety of services from Cornwall Council – including running public toilets, libraries and parks – many have had to increase their rates to cover the costs.

However with town and parish councils taking on various levels of services it has led to differences between how much residents pay according to where they live in Cornwall.

A Band D property in Bodmin will have a council tax bill of £2,144.62 for 2020/21 while a Band D property in Fowey will pay £1,910.42 – a difference of more than £230.

Below we have the rates for some of the largest towns in Cornwall including what the final council tax bills will be for a Band D property if Cornwall Council agrees the budget next week.


Council tax rates for 2020/21:

Town Council    Rates 2019/20   Rates 20/21  Change %  Total Bill for Band D

Bodmin                 £325.29                 £334.96           2.97%              £2,144.62
Bude-Stratton  £236.32                 £241.05             2%                     £2,050.71
Callington           £200.65                £211.95              5.63%              £2,021.61
Camborne         £188.63                  £204.86            8.6%                 £2,014.52
Camelford         £228.52                  £247.99            8.52%              £2,057.65
Falmouth            £278.90                 £306.72            9.97%              £2,116.38
Fowey                  £90.86                   £100.76             10.9%              £1,910.42
Hayle                    £173.19                  £202.70             17.04%            £2,012.36
Helston               £133.18                  £145.04              8.91%              £1,954.70
Launceston      £222.02                 £254.79              14.76%           £2,064.45
Liskeard             £141.08                  £141.08                0%                   £1,950.74
Looe                    £163.68                  £174.47              6.59%             £1,984.13
Lostwithiel       £195.94                  £202.08             3.13%               £2,011.74
Newquay           £215.49                 £219.78               1.99%              £2,029.44
Penzance          £201.42                  £205.80             2.17%               £2,015.46
Redruth             £149.33                  £170                      13.84%           £1,979.66
Saltash               £215.08                  £240.97              12.04%           £2,050.63
St Austell Town £109.78              £122.95               12%                       £1,932.61
St Ives                £109.18                   £131.13                20.1%              £1,940.79
Truro                   £250.30                 £262.64               4.93%            £2,072.30
Wadebridge    £201.44                  £215.58               7.02%             £2,025.24

Parish councils have also raised their council tax charges with the highest coming from Carharrack Parish Council which has hiked charges by 128.95% for 2020/21.

The five biggest increases are:

Parish Council    Rates 19/20     Rates 20/21    Increase

Carharrack            £19.07                 £43.66              128.95%
Lewannick             £57                       £126.40            121.75%
Dobwalls                £20.02                £37.20                85.81%
Manaccan             £53.53                 £84.18                52.26%
Constantine         £54.08                £80.80               49.41%

Cornwall Council will meet on Tuesday (February 25th) to set its budget and agree council tax rates for 2020/21.

New council tax bills will start from April 2020.

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