Tomorrow (19/02/20), Folkestone & Hythe District Council will set its Council tax rate for 2020/21. It will come as no surprise to many of you that Council tax will rise. It will rise by around £74 on a Band D property. One can see the breakdown below.
As you may or may not know, Folkestone & Hythe District Council has had the highest Council Tax rate in the whole of Kent for the last sixteen years, according to data released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. Even when full Council vote on setting the Council Tax rate, our Council – Folkestone & Hythe District Council – will continue to have the highest Council Tax in Kent.
2004/05 to 2011/12
2012/13 to 2019/20
Council Tax will rise by £74 on a Band D property (see page 10). This will take a band D council tax rate in the Folkestone & Hythe District Council area to £1,967.25. This will mean that our Council will have had the highest Council Tax in Kent for the seventeenth year in a row.
It is hard to believe that when Council Tax was introduced in 1993, it was promised to be a system that would be ‘simple’, ‘fair’ and one that would ‘protect the unemployed and those on low incomes from court action’
According to Stop The Knock over 1,700 households were referred to the Japanese owned bailiffs for Council Tax by the Council in 2018/19.
Mayor’s, Cabinet Member’s and your average Cllr can have problems paying their Council Tax.
As we know 52% of children are living in poverty in Folkestone Central ward, the ward where Cllr Laura Davison (Lab) Cllr Danny Brook (Con) and Cllr David Monk won their seats in May 2019.
With a £74 increase on a Band D property, how many more working families who are just about managing, will be pushed into the hands of the Bailiffs in 2020/21?
If you are having issues with your Council Tax then we advise you contact the Council as soon as possible as there are a number of discounts available⇒ here
If you believe you Council Tax rate is too high then you can by law challenge this via the Valuation Tribunal Service.
If you are having problems paying your Council Tax, then contact:
Folkestone & Hythe District Council – 01303 853000
or if you can afford to pay:
The Shepwayvox Team
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