Seaton with Slingley Parish Council approved its budget for 2019/20 in the sum of £13,779.00 at the meeting of the Parish Council held on 16 January 2019.
The introduction by Central Government of a Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme grant which replaced the Council Tax Benefit Scheme significantly changed the calculation of the tax-base upon which Council Tax is calculated. Town and parish councils are not financially independent and are reliant upon Central Government grant support to compensate for the loss of tax-base. The grant support is paid to Durham County Council who then redistribute the grant to parishes but the County Council is under no obligation to do this.
Durham County Council as our billing authority has agreed to redistribute the relevant part of the Central Government grant for 2019/20.
Seaton with Slingley Parish Council have set a budget of £13,779.00. This is made up of a Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme grant of £71.00 together with a precept of £11,965.00 giving a total request of £12.036.00 from Durham County Council. The Parish Council will also utilise £1,743.00 from reserves. This results in a Band A and Band D Council Tax for 2019/20 of £18.95 and £28.43 respectively.