COUNCIL tax is due to increase for Studley and Alcester residents.

Stratford-on-Avon- District Council have increased the amount of council tax each property in the district must pay.

The amount residents will be asked to pay for a Band D property is £154.12, an increase of £5 which is 3.3 per cent.

This means that all the services provided by the district council cost £2.96 a week for a Band D household.

This contributes to meeting the cost of providing a wide range of services including recycling and waste collection, planning, street cleaning, housing, housing benefits, leisure services and children’s play areas.

Although the district council acts as the collecting agent for council tax, it only receives 7.4 per cent of the council tax paid by residents. Warwickshire County Council receives the lion’s share of 76.7 per cent, the police 12.7 per cent and towns/parishes 3.2 per cent.

Cllr Tony Jefferson, leader of Stratford District Council said: “We know just how challenging the past year has been for residents and businesses across our District.

“The levels of uncertainty in the wider economy remain extremely high. The prudent approach we are adopting will enable us to be in a better position to cope with any unexpected shocks.

“We have had to take the decision to raise our Council Tax by the maximum permitted, £5 on a Band D property

He added: “Until we receive greater clarity about our longer-term financial position, we have endeavoured to protect the provision of services to residents for next year.

“Although we are expecting to make significant savings through our ambition to merge with Warwick District Council, the budget in future years will be extremely dependent upon the level of support from government.

“Covid-19 has had and continues to have, a massive impact upon the wider district and on the council.”