Growth and development drives up council income

Knowsley’s ambitious plans for increased growth and housing development is already reaping rewards with the borough’s Council Tax base rising by more than the national average over the last four years.

New figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government reveal Knowsley Council has increased its Council Tax base by 14.2% since 2014 against a national increase of 10.3% and a Liverpool City Region increase of 10.2%.

By the end of March 2018, Knowsley will have seen 1,860 new homes completed over four years by a range of high-profile developers including Countryside, Bellway, Barratts, Morris Homes, Anwyl, Bloor, Taylor Wimpey and Redrow.

Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for resources, Cllr Gary See, said: “I’m delighted that we are increasing our housing stock with high quality new homes for existing residents as well as those who wish to move here from elsewhere.

“We have plans in place to accelerate the pace of growth and investment in Knowsley and these new figures clearly show that major developers have great confidence in the borough and that Knowsley is a place where people want to live.

“It is also positive news for the Council as it means we have increased Knowsley’s Council Tax base significantly over the last four years at a rate considerably above the national average.

“This demonstrates our well-planned approach to dealing with the Government’s savage cuts to local authority funding and ensuring the Council is sustainable for the future. This, in turn, allows us to protect and invest in key services for the benefit of our communities.

“It is also important to recognise that raising the Council Tax base must be complemented by efficient tax collection and recovery. In Knowsley, we successfully collect at least 98.5% of the tax owed to us.”

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