Surrey

Mayor of Surrey Heath pays tribute to HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 09:21
Date: Thursday, 15 April, 2021Councillors and Officers of Surrey Heath Borough Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.    The Mayor of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Councillor Pat Tedder, has paid tribute to His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in his 99th year.   The Mayor said, "On behalf of the people of Surrey Heath I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family following the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Duke of Edinburgh was much loved and widely respected by people in Britain and throughout the world. He will be sorely missed but the memory of his dedication to duty and loyalty to his family and country will remain with us and act as an example for us in the years ahead."   There will be a national period of mourning, beginning immediately. The flag outside the Council offices will be flown at half-mast during this period.   Residents who wish to sign the book of condolence can do so online at www.royal.uk. We are also requesting residents to make a donation to charity, in lieu of flowers.   Cllr Pat Tedder, The Mayor of Surrey Heath recorded this video to extend her sympathy, and that of the Council and residents to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family after the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.  

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Executive Meeting - 20 April 2021

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 13:06
Date: Tuesday, 20 April, 2021An Extraordinary Council meeting will take place on Friday 19 March from 6pm. This will be livestreamed on our SHBC YouTube page.   View the agenda for this meeting.
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Employment Committee Meeting - 19 April 2021

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 12:59
Date: Monday, 19 April, 2021An Employment Committee meeting will take place on Monday 19 April from 7pm. This will be livestreamed on our SHBC YouTube page.   View the agenda for this meeting.

 

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His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 16:35
Date: Friday, 9 April, 2021

Councillors and Officers of Surrey Heath Borough Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time. 

 

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Unauthorised encampment in Frimley

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:48
Date: Thursday, 8 April, 2021Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) officers visited the unauthorised encampment at Burrell Road in Frimley on Tuesday morning - at that time there were 15 caravans on site.    As the group of people at the site failed to engage with officers during the visit SHBC were unable to ascertain the welfare needs of the group. We were made aware of anti-social behaviour and a lack of social distancing at the encampment and the impact this was having on the local community.    For these reasons SHBC appointed an enforcement agent to remove the unauthorised encampment, action which was scheduled to happen today (Thursday 8 April). However, in the interim the group left the site yesterday afternoon.     SHBC officers went to the site again yesterday after it was vacated and assessed the work required to make the site clean and safe. Unfortunately some hazardous waste was left on site. This has now been removed and cleaning of the site is in progress. We'd expect the park to be open again from early afternoon today.   Our contractor will also be reinstating as soon as possible the concrete bollards which were removed at the site.
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Surrey Heath Borough Council - Supporting businesses to reopen safely

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 04/06/2021 - 08:52
Date: Tuesday, 6 April, 2021

The Prime Minister has now confirmed the next stage of the Government’s roadmap will take place on Monday 12 April 2021.

This means that non-essential retail can reopen and hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors. There will be no curfew and alcoholic drinks do not need to be accompanied by a substantial meal. Customers, however, must order, eat and drink whilst seated and wider social contact rules will still apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

Our Environmental Health Team and our COVID Marshals will be supporting the safe re-opening of pubs, cafes and restaurants from 12 April with regular daytime and evening patrols. 

The team will also continue to advise food businesses on safe working detailing the steps that need to be taken covering food safety, hygiene, permitted outdoor structures and staff wellbeing.

Free pavement licences

To support hospitality businesses to be able to trade outside SHBC’s Licencing Committee has decided to waive the £100 fee for a Pavement Licence and to refund the fee to those who had already paid. 

Businesses do still need to apply for a licence which can be done on this link - https://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/pavement-licences

Signage

We can provide posters and social distancing floor stickers for your business.  Please contact our Economic Development Team to request these.  Email economic.development@surreyheath.gov.uk.

If your business is based in Camberley town centre – Collectively Camberley can provide your business with a reopening pack.  Email Kyle@collectivelyCamberley.co.uk to order.

 

 

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SHBC encourages people to register to vote ahead of local elections

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 03/24/2021 - 11:43
Date: Wednesday, 24 March, 2021On Thursday 6 May residents in Surrey Heath will have their say on who represents them at local elections.     In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Surrey Heath is urging people who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.    The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.     This year residents in Surrey Heath will be voting in a number of different elections and will select: 
  • County councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, social care or housing 
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Surrey Police area, who oversees your local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you. 
Local Government by-elections will also be taking place to:  
  • Elect a councillor for Bagshot ward of Surrey Heath Borough Council 
  • Elect three councillors to Bagshot ward of Windlesham Parish Council 
  • Elect two councillors to Chobham Parish Council. 
Richard Payne, Local Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer for Surrey Heath, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections. They are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Surrey Heath. If you’re not registered by midnight on 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.”    Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said: “You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at gov.uk/registertovote.    “If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote.     “If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with your local authority on vote@surreyheath.gov.uk or 01276 707165.”    Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May.     The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.     For information on elections in your area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit electoralcommission.org.uk/voter. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.     More information on Elections in Surrey Heath     
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Notice of Election – 6 May 2021

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 03/22/2021 - 14:35
Date: Monday, 22 March, 2021Surrey Heath Borough Council has published the Notice of Election for the forthcoming local elections.    Elections will be taking place on Thursday, 6 May 2021 to:    • Elect the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Police area    • Elect councillors to Surrey County Council    Local Government by-elections will also be taking place to:    • Elect a councillor for Bagshot ward of Surrey Heath Borough Council;    • Elect three councillors to Bagshot ward of Windlesham Parish Council;    • Elect two councillors to Chobham Parish Council    Nominations to stand in these elections open at 10am on Tuesday, 23 March 2021. Candidates have until 4pm on Thursday, 8 April 2021 to deliver their nomination papers. All nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the Local Returning Officer at the SHBC offices in Knoll Road, Camberley, between 10am and 4pm on the relevant dates. Potential candidates should contact Democratic Services on 01276 707319 or vote@surreyheath.gov.uk to receive further information or to make an appointment to submit nomination papers.    More information on the 6 May 2021 elections 
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SHBC and Eco Green Communities - tackling dog fouling together

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 03/19/2021 - 07:55
Date: Friday, 19 March, 2021 Surrey Heath Borough Council and their partners Eco Green Communities continue to help tackle dog fouling through their improved free dog waste bag stations.    The 80 stations across the Borough dispense free biodegradable dog waste bags to help local dog walkers pick up after their pet.    And soon each station will also include a QR code which users can scan with their smartphone to quickly and easily let the Council know when the bags on a particular station need refilling.     SHBC teamed up with Eco Green Communities (formerly TiksPac) in 2016 and trialled six stations, with the aim of reducing the impact of dog fouling in the parks and open spaces of Surrey Heath.  Due to their impact, the following year forty stations were placed at various popular dog walking locations, and where fouling had been a problem. Sponsored by local businesses, the stations meant that having no bag was no longer an excuse for people to not pick up after their pet.     Supported by SHBC’s canine campaigner Keith the black labrador, locals are encouraged to #BagItAndBinIt, to help keep Surrey Heath clean, green and safe.    Promoting the use of fully compostable bags at the stations also encourages residents to reduce the usage of single use plastics, empowering everyone to do the right thing, therefore benefitting the whole community.     The network was doubled to 80 stations in 2019, and more than 500,000 bags have been dispensed through the stations in the Borough since they were introduced.    That equals less single use plastic in the environment, and potentially more than half a million dog poos picked up which otherwise may have been left spoiling the surroundings for others.     Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Environment and Health Cllr David Mansfield said: “This initiative encourages the thousands of dog owners across Surrey Heath to take responsibility for cleaning up after their pets.     “Since the initial installation of the TiksPac stations, now provided by Eco Green Communities, we have seen a reduction in dog fouling within those locations. We hope the introduction of the QR code on the stations to allow efficient refilling will improve the service further.”    Julie Cook of Eco Green Communities said: “By sponsoring these stations local companies are helping to reduce dog fouling, which is a perennial problem for many local authorities.  With the current situation, people are more often out walking and making use of local public open spaces, so dog fouling and littering problems are more prominent than ever.      “The benefits of tidy and clean outdoor spaces go beyond the environmental impact and encompass our mental health and wellbeing as well; this is significant now that we are being encouraged to stay local and enjoy where we live.    “A survey of the councils we’re working with has shown that where stations are installed there’s an average decrease in dog fouling complaints of almost 50%, and a 57% decrease in overall littering in the same areas. That has to be a positive result.”    Since installation, this project has been sponsored by the following companies:  • Dapper Dogs by Debbie  • Blackwater Vets Ltd  • Dog Trouble  • Kingswood Vets  • IW Group Services  • Mercury Electroplating Ltd  • Natural Instinct Ltd  • Pets Abroad UK  • PetPlan Insurance    Thanks to those sponsors who have supported this scheme in Surrey Heath so far, and those who continue to sponsor the stations going forward - Petplan, Blackwater Valley Vets, Dapper Dogs by Debbie and Pets Abroad UK.    More information, including a full list of station locations: surreyheath.gov.uk/dogfouling     Interested in sponsoring the stations? Contact caroline@ecogreencommunities.com
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Camberley Theatre to go purple in celebration of Census 2021

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 03/18/2021 - 13:16
Date: Thursday, 18 March, 2021Camberley Theatre will join more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.   The event is being organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of census day on March 21, a survey that happens every ten years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.   Other iconic landmarks including the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower are signed up for the celebration, which will see them light up in the Census 2021 brand colour from Friday March 19 through to March 21.   The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve their communities.    Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:    “The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.   “We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.   “We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Camberley Theatre for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”   Camberley Theatre will light up purple from 20:21 on 19 March until 21 March.   Every household in England and Wales will now be receiving their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online.  Census day is March 21, but you can fill yours in as soon as you receive your letter if you’re confident there will be no change in who usually lives in your household.  Papers forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support. If you need any help, or to request a paper form, you can visit the Census website.  Our census support centre (freephone 0800 141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales) is available if you can’t find the help you need online.   For further information on Census 2021, visit the Census website.  
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Employment Committee Meeting - 25 March 2021

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 03/18/2021 - 09:31
Date: Thursday, 25 March, 2021An Employment Committee meeting will take place on Thursday, 25 March from 7pm.  This will be livestreamed on our SHBC YouTube page.   View the agenda for this meeting.
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Licensing Committee Meeting - 24 March 2021

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 03/18/2021 - 09:22
Date: Wednesday, 24 March, 2021A Licensing Committee Meeting will take place on Wednesday 24 March from 7pm. This will be livestreamed on our SHBC YouTube page.   View the agenda for this meeting.
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Extraordinary Council Meeting - 19 March 2021

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 03/18/2021 - 09:03
Date: Friday, 19 March, 2021An Extraordinary Council meeting will take place on Friday 19 March from 6pm. This will be livestreamed on our SHBC YouTube page.   View the agenda for this meeting.    
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Update: Enhanced site protection at The Grove, Frimley

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:51
Date: Wednesday, 17 March, 2021 Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our consultation about additional security measures around The Grove, Frimley.    The majority of responses were not in favour of installing earth bunds, but would prefer to see the extension of the existing bollards around the whole of the green space.   Acting on the feedback received, we are in the process of obtaining quotations for these works and will update with more information when available.
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Surrey Heath Borough Council approves Climate Change Action Plan

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 03/16/2021 - 15:32
Date: Wednesday, 17 March, 2021Surrey Heath Borough Council approved a Climate Change Action Plan at a meeting of its Executive last night (16 March).    The Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) outlines the Council's priority actions for tackling climate change and will form the basis of the Council’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030.     The CCAP has been put together by the Climate Change Working Group and SHBC officers, following the Council declaring a Climate Emergency in October 2019.    It focuses on the Council taking related actions internally and with suppliers, but also on SHBC’s role in partnership working and encouraging residents and business to play their part too.    The plan is split into six areas - Energy, Transport, Environment, Behavioural change, Operations and Monitoring.    Priority actions include changing the Council’s electricity supply to a 100% green energy tariff and embedding carbon reduction objectives into all decision-making processes in the Council.    The CCAP will evolve as more information is gathered, and regular updates will be shared on the Council's progress towards the targets set in the plan.    The Action Plan draws directly on Surrey’s Climate Change Strategy which the Council endorsed at the meeting.    Leader of SHBC Cllr Alan McClafferty said: “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges that our society faces.    "The adoption of this Climate Change Action Plan shows our commitment to tackling this vital issue, and outlines the steps we need to follow to achieve our aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.    “We all have a responsibility to prevent waste, protect our environment and reduce our carbon footprint where we can. This will help slow the effects of climate change and keep our communities safe and healthy.”    The plan builds on existing SHBC actions and initiatives underway, including the installation of Electric Vehicle charging points in some Council-owned car parks and the rollout of LED lighting in Council buildings and assets.    Surrey Heath has been near the top of the English local authority areas for recycling rates for several years and in partnership with Joint Waste Solutions and Surrey Environment  Partnership will continue to encourage and support local people in this key effort.    SHBC signed Surrey County Council's agreement to reducing single use plastics (SUP) in March 2019, and work has continued in that area since then.    The introduction of our wildflower verges scheme, supporting biodiversity and managing local heathland and green spaces sympathetically are other examples of existing Council initiatives and actions which will be built upon by the CCAP.    SHBC understand the power and importance of partnership working in the success of implementing the CCAP, and will continue to work closely with related organisations to achieve our goals.    The Council will also continue to inform and encourage local people and businesses to play their part in tackling climate change.    Part of this work includes the launch of our new Sustainable Surrey Heath webpages which offer a one stop shop for residents and businesses who want to find out more about ways they can help tackle climate change.    It covers areas like energy, transport and your home, and includes handy tips, advice, information on grants available, and explains how small actions can make a difference.  There’s also a Kids Zone for little eco warriors.     Visit our Climate Change webpages for more information.    Note: Decisions made at Executive meetings of the Council are subject to a 'call in period' where any SHBC councillors can request scrutiny of the decision. The decisions made will take effect on Thursday, 25 March, 2021 unless the call-in procedure has been triggered.     
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Surrey Heath Borough Council ranked as sixth top recycler in England

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 10:07
Date: Friday, 12 March, 2021

Newly-published recycling figures show Surrey Heath has been ranked sixth in a list of English councils with the highest household waste recycling, compost and reuse rates in 2019/20. 

The impressive result in Defra’s Local Authority league table reveals Surrey Heath’s recycling rate increased by 1% from last year, taking it to 62.9%.

In a very tight set of results, Surrey Heath’s rate was just 1.2% below the top performing English authority, Three Rivers District Council, and at a local level means Surrey Heath was the top recycling area in Surrey.

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Environment and Health, Cllr David Mansfield said: “I would like to thank Surrey Heath residents for this tremendous achievement. We have been consistently high in the recycling league tables for several years, and it is hugely encouraging to see the direct result of dedicated recycling efforts and a collective awareness of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle waste wherever possible.

“When we are all facing the challenge of tackling Climate Change, recycling is one way we can all do our bit for the planet.

“I would like to encourage everyone to keep up the good work, and maybe we can manage an even better result next year.

“One way we can achieve this is to reduce contamination. Putting the right items in the right bin is vital, but also things like making sure items are put dry, clean and loose in your recycling bin, not in bags.

“When contaminated loads of recycling are found, it can potentially result in the whole lorry full being sent to an energy from waste plant, which is much more costly than recycling.”

Waste and recycling services in Surrey Heath are managed by Joint Waste Solutions, a partnership team that also manages services in Elmbridge, Mole Valley and Woking.

A wide range of recycling services are offered kerbside in Surrey Heath, including paper and cardboard, metal, glass, plastic, food waste, textiles, small electricals and batteries. A subscription fortnightly Garden waste service is also available.

More information https://www.jointwastesolutions.org/bin-collections/guide-to-collections/

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Performance and Finance Scrutiny Committee - 17 March 2021

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 03/11/2021 - 09:52
Date: Wednesday, 17 March, 2021A Performance and Finance Scrutiny Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 17 March from 6pm. This will be livestreamed on our SHBC YouTube page.   View the agenda(link is external)for this meeting.
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Executive Meeting - 16 March 2021

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 03/11/2021 - 09:43
Date: Tuesday, 16 March, 2021An Executive meeting will take place on Tuesday 16 March from 6pm. This will be livestreamed on our SHBC YouTube page.   View the agenda for this meeting.  
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2021 Budget and Grants for Surrey Heath's Businesses

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:41
Date: Thursday, 4 March, 2021 Yesterday, (3 March), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, delivered his Budget to Parliament.   The Chancellor confirmed extensions to the furlough scheme and support for the self-employed until the end of September, and business grants, loans and VAT cuts – bringing the total fiscal support to over £407 billion.   The Budget confirmed support for businesses through business rates reliefs, VAT reductions for tourism and hospitality, a VAT deferral scheme, a new loan guarantee scheme supporting businesses’ access to loans and overdrafts, Restart Grants and an additional £425 million of discretionary business grant funding for councils to distribute.   For businesses in Surrey Heath all current ARG schemes are now closed and grants are being processed. All businesses that have already received Local Restrictions Support Grants will be paid the final payment for the period to 31 March 2021 on Friday 5 March 2021.   If businesses think they may be entitled to Local Restrictions Grants see our website for details and how to apply. https://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/.../covid-19-business-grants   The Government announced that there will be Re-Start grants available to business during April 2021, we will send out another communication once the qualifying conditions have been announced.  

 

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Surrey Heath Borough Council sets budget and Council Tax for 2021/22

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 13:43
Date: Friday, 26 February, 2021At the Full Council Meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council on February 24, Members set the budget and Council Tax for 2021/22.    Throughout the past year, SHBC has continued to provide high quality services to its residents despite the pandemic and economic downturn.    The cost of the services delivered by SHBC are funded by local taxes (Council Tax and Business Rates), Rents and Charges.     Since the decision by Government in 2019 to stop providing a support grant to fund day-to-day spending, the Council has focused on achieving greater levels of income from its commercial holdings.     The Covid-19 pandemic and economic downturn has severely impacted on this source of funds, and the budget for 2021/22 reflects this.    Under current arrangements only 11% of Council Tax and 5% of Business Rates collected locally by SHBC stays with the Borough Council – the remainder of the Council Tax collected goes to Surrey County Council (74%), Surrey Police (14%) and Parish Councils (1%).    Despite the challenges as a result of the pandemic, the Council has been able to agree a budget without having to cut frontline services.     This has been achieved through better procurement, improved recruitment processes, collaboration with other councils and organisations, and better management of our property holdings. It has also been possible to continue to freeze car parking charges at 2014 levels.    In addition, the Council has also been able to increase resources to improve services in areas such as enforcement, planning, and the management of our buildings.    The Council is under a legal duty to deliver a balanced budget, and the budget for 2021/22 was agreed at the Full Council meeting.    This means that Council Tax has to be increased to avoid cuts in services. Residents will be asked to pay an additional £5 a year on the SHBC element of the bill for a Band D taxpayer, taking the total to £228.66. This equates to an increase of just under 10p per week.    SHBC Leader, Cllr Alan McClafferty said: “This is obviously a very difficult time for many of our residents where more people than ever are relying on Council services, therefore it was felt that SHBC should protect vital services to our community. The importance of these services has been underlined throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.      “The Council has improved efficiency, increased partnership working and driven income generation, and will continue to do so. I hope that our residents will support the action taken by the Council to deliver efficiencies and preserve services that residents value, and the most vulnerable members of our society rely on. Anyone struggling to pay their Council Tax should contact SHBC to discuss the ways in which we can help.”
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