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(UK) Harborough: Council raises taxes; cost of disabled "rising almost day by day"

Central England

Tens of thousands of taxpayers are facing a three per cent rise in their bills from April as the authority battles to balance its books following the Covid pandemic Central England People in Harborough face being hit by another Council Tax hike as hard-up Leicestershire County Council meets to hammer out its budget tomorrow (Wednesday). Tens of thousands of taxpayers are facing a three per cent rise in their bills from April as the authority battles to balance its books following the Covid pandemic. As a result people in a band D property in Harborough will have to shell out an extra £42.30 to the county council in 2022-2023. That will be on top of another £5 they’ll have to pay out in Council Tax to struggling Harborough District Council as well. The county council is striving to seal its medium term financial strategy (MTFS). The authority is battling to manage the rising costs of caring for vulnerable children and adults as it deals with increasing costs across services and on multi-million pound capital projects to support the county’s growing population and economy.... “Our proposed budget will balance the books next year but we still face a gap between our income and what we will need to spend of £39 million by 2026…. The council is facing growing pressure to bankroll both children’s and adult social care amid rising demand in the number of vulnerable older and young people who need looking after. And the cost of the care they need is rising almost day by day. Overall social care costs are expected to soar by £88 million [$12M] over the next four years with a big chunk of that needed to pay the national minimum wage. “There is also a large deficit of £63 million [$86M] predicted by 2026 in paying for the education of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). … “This budget will provide protection for vulnerable children and adults and builds on the Covid support we’ve provided over the past years and will continue to support….


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