Our report can be found here and click on latest changes
The committee comprises 16 full members in proportion to their population (8 from BBC, 6 from PBC, 2 from CBC). Also in attendance are 2 representatives of DCC to address the issue of disaggregation (untangling Christchurch from DCC).
CBC is playing a full part and has undertaken not to disrupt the process
A new website has been created where you can find agendas, minutes, submitted papers, etc.
An interesting paper on Council Tax Harmonisation by CBC Strategic Director Ian Milner was accepted but gave rise to some comment and debate.
Central Government have made some changes to their original stance, for example the maximum 20-year period to harmonisation has been reduced to 10 years.
They will also allow BBC and PBC to potentially increase their Council Tax by more than the 2% level that would otherwise trigger a referendum. Christchurch (as part of DCC) currently has the highest level of Council Tax, Poole the lowest.
We calculate that by freezing local Council Tax for 5 years and during the same period increasing Poole Council Tax by 3% and Bournemouth by 2.5% each year the tax will be harmonised across the conurbation.
We’re not saying that is what will happen because altering the differing variables such as time taken, and tax rises assumed leads to different results – but it would be something like our illustration.
Central Government have laid down that if Christchurch decides to create a Town Council within the new unitary (as suggested in our October newsletter) then Christchurch residents must not pay any more than if the Town Council didn’t exist.
Thus, if the 11% of Council Tax that currently funds CBC was to continue to be used to fund the new Town Council then the new unitary would lose that 11% just as DCC does now.