‘Fighting-fit’ finances means reduction in Harleston residents’ council tax

Harleston, Norfolk. Barry Woods new chairman of Harleston Town Council ANL-140827-145745001
Harleston, Norfolk. Barry Woods new chairman of Harleston Town Council ANL-140827-145745001
  • Redenhall with Harleston Town Council to reduce precept by nearly 3 per cent
  • Small rise in Eye, Diss delay

Harleston and Redenhall residents are the winners in the Diss Express area as authorities across the region begin to confirm how much tax they will charge parishioners over the upcoming financial year.

Redenhall with Harleston Town Council voted to reduce their precept, their portion of the council tax bill, by 2.98 per cent — a saving of £5.59 across the year for a Band ‘D’ taxpayer.

This year it was felt we have sufficient reserves, that we would like to give something back to the people of Harleston

Barry Woods

It means they will pay £182 in council tax to Redenhall and Harleston, compared to £187.59 for the 2015/16 financial year.

Council clerk Lynda Ling told the Diss Express careful budgeting, as well as the better-than-forecast financial success of the authority-run Harleston Community Leisure Facility resulted in the reduction.

Council chairman Barry Woods said he was “extremely pleased” that the council could reduce the precept.

“It is one of those things that has been considered by the council in the past, but we have a duty to maintain sufficient reserves so if anything happens, we can look after it.

“This year it was felt we have sufficient reserves, that we would like to give something back to the people of Harleston.”

He also praised the work of gym manager Natasha Ives-Styman at the leisure facility, adding: “She and the staff have been working incredibly hard to bring in more people and encourage people to take up classes that are available.

“That has meant more income, and because of that income it has given us more flexibility.”

In Eye, the precept will rise by two per cent. A Band ‘D’ homeowner will pay £98.56 per year compared to £96.63 last year, and increase of £1.93.

Elsewhere, Diss Town Council had agreed on a precept for the upcoming year, but an accounting error in the documents means it will reconsider the budget at a date to be confirmed.

Council tax is also made up of a contribution to the district council, the county council and the police force.