Council budget proposals
Essex County Council’s (ECC) budget proposals for the coming year will define the path out of the Covid-19 pandemic and will keep the impact on council tax bills to an absolute minimum, the council announced today (Tuesday 12 January 2021).
Papers for January’s Cabinet meeting reveal that the Council will propose a 0% council tax increase, with a 1.5% increase this year from the Government’s Adult Social Care precept, half of that available. This means that for an average Band D property household, the ECC element of Council Tax will increase by £19.80 next year, or 38p per week.
The Council’s post-pandemic plans focus on family, economy and environment.
This year budget proposals also include a spending commitment of £1.34 billion over the next four years on major infrastructure projects, such as new schools and major road improvements, a major scaling up on previous years. The spend in 2021 is set to be £290m - 50% up on the last two years’ capital budget.