Council tax increase announced for East Devon

PUBLISHED: 14:42 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:42 23 February 2017

The EDDC offices at Knowle in Sidmouth.

The EDDC offices at Knowle in Sidmouth.

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East Devon District Council (EDDC) has agreed to increase its share of council tax.

For 2017-18, the council has agreed an annual charge of £131.78 to a band D property, an increase of £5, or less than 10p a week.

EDDC says this is still the lowest in Devon, and among the lowest in the country.

It takes 8p in every pound of the total council tax bill, with the rest of the money going to Devon County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, and town and parish councils.

Council leader Paul Diviani told yesterday’s (Wednesday) full council meeting there were ‘exciting opportunities ahead’ as the council moves forward with relocation plans, and collaboration with Devon County Council, Exeter City Council, Teignbridge District Council, and Mid Devon District Council.

He said: “None of us are under any illusion that the financial climate is rosy, but we do know that if we continue to address vigorously the problems we face, our constant vigilance will prevail.

“As promised, we expect delivery of the new waste and recycling contract, a continuing commitment, to improve efficiencies wherever and whenever possible through better working practice and technical improvements.

“Making sure our assets work to best effect for East Devon tax payers and seizing such opportunities as the granting of Enterprise Zone status which will increase economic opportunity and benefit, and perhaps most importantly, my hope that the council can soon establish its own local housing company to increase the housing supply for East Devon people, helping to satisfy the seemingly insatiable demand for new homes.

“We continue to provide excellent value for money for our services which range from conserving and enhancing our stunning environment to coastal protection; from the regeneration of the urban economy in our towns and support for our rural areas.”

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