Council tax in Dundee has been frozen for the 2021/22 financial year, fixing the band D rate for the second year at £1,379.
Savings of £1.3million were made in order to set a revenue budget of £372.9million, the largest proportion of which (45%) is spent on children and families services, with the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership allocated 21.6%, 7.7% going to neighbourhood services and 3.2% of the total to city development.
Willie Sawers depute convener of the policy and resources committee and finance spokesman said: “I am pleased and relieved to be in a position to be able to freeze the Council Tax this year in recognition of the exceptional challenges that have been faced by both public and household finances in the past 12 months.
“In the last 13 years the council tax in Dundee has only been put up four times and this freeze is a measured response to the significant economic impact of coronavirus, which is going to be with all of us for a long time.
“It means that we will be able to continue to deliver on the city’s priorities as well as develop and further enhance our services to build back better.
“This year the council’s budget will provide additional funding to support the work of the drug commission, mental health, poverty and climatechange, while at the same time improving support for care experienced children and young people and families with children with disabilities.
“Hard pressed families will also be relieved to hear that we have been able to keep school meals charges at the same level as they are this financial year, meaning there will be no increase for 2021/22.
“Covid-19 and its aftermath have added to the considerable challenges the city was already tackling but Dundee’s reputation as a well-run, high performing, award winning and ambitious local authority that delivers best value for our communities remains intact.”
DUNDEE COUNCIL TAX 2021/22
Band A £919.33
Band B £1,072.56
Band C £1,225.78
Band D £1,379.00
Band E £1,811.85
Band F £2,240.88
Band G £2,700.54
Band H £3,378.55
Council tax provides around 18% of the council’s income. Almost three quarters (72%) of households in Dundee are in Bands A, B or C.
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.