Mansfield Council formally sets Council Tax for 2016

Mansfield Civic Centre, home of Mansfield District Council.
Mansfield Civic Centre, home of Mansfield District Council.
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Council tax set by Mansfield District Council will be frozen for the next year, but bills are still set to rise.

Councillors in Mansfield last night formally set the council tax for the district having received charges from the other authorities which contribute to the final figure.

Mansfield District Council’s share of Council Tax has not increased.

Bills are rising due to increased charges from Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Police and the Fire and Rescue Service. Overall Council Tax bills in the district will be 3.25 per cent higher than last year because of this.

The county council’s share has increased by 3.9 per cent, comprising a 1.99 per cent rise in the general precept plus a new 2 per cent levy for adult social care.

The charge for Nottingham Police has gone up by 1.99 per cent and the charge for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has risen by 1.95 per cent.

Now that the full council has agreed the final rate, bills will start arriving at the 48,000 plus properties in the district within the next few weeks.

Residents on a low income or who receive certain welfare benefits may be able to claim a 90 per cent reduction on their Council Tax bill.

Some pensioners could claim a 100 per cent reduction. People with disabilities could also qualify for discounts.

Households with one adult occupier are entitled to a 25 per cent discount and households of two or more adults may still qualify for a discount if one of the occupiers is a full-time student, student nurse or apprentice, has a severe learning disability, is still eligible for child benefit, or is a full-time carer for someone.

Contact 01623 463463 for more information on reliefs and discounts.

People can pay their council tax by:

Direct debit (call 01623 463162 to set it up)

Bank transfer to the Lloyds bank account: Mansfield District Council; sort code, 30-95-43; account number, 30653968

Debit or credit card over the telephone (01623 428632), or online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/payments, or at a Post Office

Cheque at a Post Office

cash a Post Office or PayPoint outlet. Visit www.paypoint.co.uk/locator or phone 01623 463463 to find your nearest outlet.

Councillor Roger Sutcliffe, Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: “We all have busy lives and it is easy to let bills slip, so paying your Council Tax by Direct Debit is by far the easiest way to pay because you can just set up what works best for you and then forget about it.”

Enquiries about Council Tax can be made on 01623 463463 or by emailing revenues@mansfield.gov.uk.