Council budget and finances

The council’s 2012/13 budget and Council Tax levels for the forthcoming year were approved at City Council on February 28, 2012.

A comparison to the current year’s Council Tax is as follows:

Council Tax (Band D)2011/122012/13
££
City Council 1,113.671,113.67Increase of 0%
Fire47.8347.83Increase of 0%
Police99.4599.45Increase of 0%
Total1,260.951,260.95Increase of 0%
Frankley Parish Precept 42.5740.59Decrease of4.7%
Total (incl Frankley) 1,303.521,301.54Decrease of0.2%

A breakdown, on a band-by-band basis, is as follows:

BandB’hamFrankley Parish PreceptTotal (inc Precept)
£££
A840.6427.06867.70
B980.7431.571,012.31
C1,120.8536.081,156.93
D1,260.9540.591,301.54
E1,541.1549.611,590.76
F1,821.3658.631,879.99
G2,101.5767.662,169.23
H2,521.8981.182,603.07

The ratification of the latest budget means that for six consecutive years Birmingham City Council has increased its share of Council Tax bills below the rate of inflation.

Between 2006/07 and 2010/11, Council Tax was increased by 1.9 per cent for five years in a row.

In 2006/07 this was equal to inflation (after the Consumer Prices Index was retrospectively lowered), while for each subsequent year the increase has been below inflation.

In both 2011/12 and 2012/13, a Council Tax freeze has been approved.

Useful links:

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/council-tax

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