Tewkesbury Borough Council has approved a budget for 2021/2022, once again keeping its council tax rate at one of the lowest in the country.

On Tuesday 23 February, council members agreed a budget of £9.27m, which includes an increase in council tax of £5 per year for a Band D property.

This increase – from £124.36 to £129.36 per year – will mean that vital public services in Tewkesbury Borough, including: waste and recycling collections; planning services; housing; benefits; elections; environmental health; tourism and much more, can be delivered at a cost to the average Band D homeowner of less than £2.50 a week.

Councillor Robert Vines, lead member for finance and asset management, said: “I’m extremely pleased that we have been able to set a council tax increase of just £5 per year for a band D property, which is less than 10p a week, without in any way sacrificing the quality of the services the council provides.

“As always, this council is very good at adapting and innovating to work within a tough financial landscape and we are proud to be able to deliver excellent value for money for council tax payers. Tewkesbury Borough Council receives a small share of the total amount on householders’ council tax bills which is just £129 a year for Band D properties. That’s less than £2.50 a week to have bins emptied, elections run, benefits paid, food premises inspected, fly tips cleaned up, planning applications determined and many more essential services delivered.”