The Parish Council will not be increasing its annual precept this coming year, in a move to help people tackle the cost-of-living crisis which is affecting many households.
The “precept” is the part of the Council Tax that goes to the Parish Council. The main elements of the council tax bill come from Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and Thames Valley Police.
Last year, an average property in Long Wittenham paid:
Parish Precept – £63.97
South Oxfordshire District Council – £136.24
Oxfordshire County Council – £1,651.61
Thames Valley Police – £241.28
Total – £2,093.10
At its meeting on Thursday 8th December, the Parish Council was unanimous that they should not ask for an increase in the rate from last year. Unfortunately the other, larger, elements of the Council Tax bill are likely to increase due to all the pressures on services at present.
The Parish Council would like to remind residents that there are several ways to obtain a reduction in Council Tax. Being on certain benefits or living alone, are just two of the many ways you may be entitled to a reduction.
If you wish to check if you are eligible, please visit the South Oxfordshire District Council website.