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COUNCIL TAX  AND RENT INCREASES TO BE CONFIRMED ON THURSDAY

A rise of 50 at Band D, a 5.1% increase, is being recommended for approval when The Highland Council meets on Thursday (12 February 2004) to set the Council Tax for 2004-2005. This follows the decisions taken last week when the Council agreed a budget of 438.4 million, which shows a net increase in spending of almost 22 million. This will give the following charges in 2004-2005: -

2004/05
A 692.67; B 808.11; C 923.56; D 1,039; E 1,269.89; F 1,500.78; G 1,731.67  H 2,078

The Council is also being asked to indicate that the rise at Band D in 2005-2006 will be 60 or 5.8%. This sum includes a 10 increase recognising the estimated payment profile of the Education PPP2 project, which envisages the construction of 11 new schools. This would give the following charges: -

2005/06
A 732.67; B 854.78; C 976.89; D 1,099; E 1,343.22; F 1,587.44; G 1,831.67; H 2,198

The Council will also be asked to confirm that council house rent increases be contained to the Retail Price Index plus 1% i.e. 3.5%. This will result in the average rent increase in 2004-2005 being 1.74 per week.