Sunderland council tax set to rise by 3.99% in 2020/21

Council tax bills in Sunderland are expected to rise by almost four per cent at least.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 5:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 9:18 am
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Spending chiefs at Sunderland City Council have confirmed they are planning an increase of 3.99%.

Government guidelines set this as the ‘maximum allowable’ without gaining public approval through a referendum.

However, families on Wearside are unlikely to get full details of their bills for 2020/21 until February when Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police are expected to provide details of their own ‘precepts’ to be added.

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“The government’s core spending calculation assumes councils will increase council tax by the maximum allowable,” said Graeme Miller, the leader of the council, told a meeting of the ruling cabinet.

“But we’re still awaiting funding announcements around the public health grant and other funds.”