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Evesham Town Council has voted to increase its precept by on average £4.08 per annum (34p per month) over the coming 2018/19 financial year.  
The reason for the increase is multiple.  The Council is responsible for the upkeep of the Grade 1 listed Almonry building.  A survey has highlighted that urgent remedial work is required, primarily to the roof and the electrics.  Any work to a building of this age is expensive and we have increased the budget for maintenance to reflect this.  The Council is looking at new offices as it is likely that we will be leaving the Contact Centre in the coming year and the budget for this has been increased.  The Council continues to support Wallace House with a grant to ensure its future for the people of Evesham.  2018/19 is likely to be the first year since 2009 that local government staff will see a cost of living pay increase beyond 1%, this has been budgeted for.
In the present year the Town Council has invested from reserves in the Market, purchasing new stalls and bringing in a new operator.  The Town Council is also involved in the ‘Enlighten Evesham’ project in partnership with Wychavon District Council.  This project will see new lighting for the Almonry, the Bell Tower and the War Memorial.  The Town Council is meeting the cost of new lighting at the War Memorial which we hope will be in place in time to mark 100 years since the end of WW1.
Cllr Richard Jones, Evesham Town Mayor said, ‘putting up the Council’s precept, the cost of which is met by the people of Evesham, is not a decision we take lightly.  However, the Town Council receives no income from business rates, or from central government.  This years’ decision was reached after much scrutiny.  Along with the much needed restoration spending on the Almonry, we will continue to support grants to local organisations, festivals and events in 2018/19’.
‘This increase is the equivalent of 34p per month on average.  The Town Council element still represents the smallest portion of your Council Tax bill, and still makes us comparable or cheaper with other towns in the region.  We will continue to strive to deliver the Town Plan, enhance our facilities such as the Almonry and promote Evesham as the fantastic place it is and we hope that the people of Evesham will support us in doing this.’
The average Evesham household (Band D property), will pay £56.72 per annum in 2018/19 to the Town Council, up from £52.69.  For comparison the average Band D precept charged by a parish/town council or charter trustee in England in Wales for 2017-18 was £61.03, an increase of £3.63, or 6.3%, from 2016-17.  Evesham Town Council is still considerably below the average charge.     

Evesham Town Council has voted to increase its precept by on average £4.08 per annum (34p per month) over the coming 2018/19 financial year.  

The reason for the increase is multiple.  The Council is responsible for the upkeep of the Grade 1 listed Almonry building.  A survey has highlighted that urgent remedial work is required, primarily to the roof and the electrics.  Any work to a building of this age is expensive and we have increased the budget for maintenance to reflect this. 

The Council is looking at new offices as it is likely that we will be leaving the Contact Centre in the coming year and the budget for this has been increased.  The Council continues to support Wallace House with a grant to ensure its future for the people of Evesham. 

2018/19 is likely to be the first year since 2009 that local government staff will see a cost of living pay increase beyond 1%, this has been budgeted for.

In the present year the Town Council has invested from reserves in the Market, purchasing new stalls and bringing in a new operator.  The Town Council is also involved in the ‘Enlighten Evesham’ project in partnership with Wychavon District Council.  This project will see new lighting for the Almonry, the Bell Tower and the War Memorial.  The Town Council is meeting the cost of new lighting at the War Memorial which we hope will be in place in time to mark 100 years since the end of WW1.

Cllr Richard Jones, Evesham Town Mayor said, ‘putting up the Council’s precept, the cost of which is met by the people of Evesham, is not a decision we take lightly.  However, the Town Council receives no income from business rates, or from central government.  This years’ decision was reached after much scrutiny.  Along with the much needed restoration spending on the Almonry, we will continue to support grants to local organisations, festivals and events in 2018/19’.  ‘This increase is the equivalent of 34p per month on average.  The Town Council element still represents the smallest portion of your Council Tax bill, and still makes us comparable or cheaper with other towns in the region.  We will continue to strive to deliver the Town Plan, enhance our facilities such as the Almonry and promote Evesham as the fantastic place it is and we hope that the people of Evesham will support us in doing this.’

The average Evesham household (Band D property), will pay £56.72 per annum in 2018/19 to the Town Council, up from £52.69.  For comparison the average Band D precept charged by a parish/town council or charter trustee in England in Wales for 2017-18 was £61.03, an increase of £3.63, or 6.3%, from 2016-17.  Evesham Town Council is still considerably below the average charge.     

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