How Council Tax is calculated and spent

An update from Simon Tagg, Council Leader

Council Leader Simon Tagg
Council Leader Simon Tagg

I believe residents want effective, efficient services and we are committed to delivering the best we can at the lowest possible cost. Every year we must balance our books – we cannot borrow to meet our running costs – so we work with others to get the most from every pound we invest in our community, services and infrastructure.

Firstly, that means that in 2024/25, around 95 % of households will pay no more than an extra 10p a week for borough council services – honouring our commitment to keep council tax as low as possible.

Secondly, work is underway on the multi-million redevelopment of Newcastle town centre, which will provide new homes, commercial space, ample parking and public open space, all linking the Ryecroft and York Place with the High Street, where we are also investing in our historic market. All part of our determination to make the town centre a place to be enjoyed by all, day and night.

Our work at Chatterley Valley West has potential for up to 1,700 jobs on site, while we are also investing in Kidsgrove town centre with the development of a ‘shared service hub’, which will provide a single venue for local services, increase footfall in the area and provide a base for community groups.

Our ‘One Council’ approach continues, improving access to public services, while we are also investing in new equipment and additional services so the Borough’s appearance reflects the pride we all feel it.