Why are we doing this opinion poll?

Trafford Council is planning to make £24m of cuts in 2015-16, with more to come in future years. Plans could see hundreds of jobs cut, children's and youth centres closed, a third of school crossing patrols scrapped and a £700,000 cut to the library budget. [1]

For the past four years, Trafford Council has taken the decision to freeze Council Tax. However, some residents disagree with this approach and would rather see Council Tax increase and the money used to make the cuts less deep. We want to know what proportion of other residents share this view.

We only have two questions to ask you. Before asking them, we have provided a bit of detail on the implications of increasing Council Tax, and how much you would pay per year for a raise of between 1.99 - 10%. Please bear with us as the questions are actually very simple!
How much money would a rise bring in to the Council?

Any rise above 1.99% would incur costs because of a policy introduced by the current government in the form of a ‘fine’ (a cut in funding) from central government of £900,000. It would also require a referendum (according to the Localism Act 2011) which would cost around £230,000 to administer.

Currently, Council Tax generates £78m for the Council each year. [2] The additional amounts that a rise would bring the Council (counting the cost of the 'fine' and referendum) are as follows:
1.99% rise…. £1.56m
4% rise……...£2.22m
5% rise……...£3m
6% rise……...£3.58m
8% rise……...£5.11m
10% rise……£6.67m

How much would I pay?
To know how much extra you would pay for each increase in Council Tax (with options from 1.99% up to 10%) please look at the grid below. If you're not sure which band you're in, ask the Council here.

Weekly calculations
To assess the impact on your weekly budget, divide these amounts by 52.
- For instance, for a Band A property a 1.99% increase in Council Tax would cost an extra 33p per week, and a ten percent increase would cost an extra £1.68 per week.
- For a Band D property, a 1.99% increase in Council Tax would cost an extra 50p per week, and a ten percent increase would cost an extra £2.53 per week.
- For a Band H property, a 1.99% increase in Council Tax would cost an extra £1 per week, and a ten percent increase would cost an extra £5.58 per week.

References
[1] http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/town-hall-chiefs-discuss-trafford-7960327
[2] http://www.trafford.gov.uk/about-your-council/budgets-and-accounts/Budget-2014-2015/income-and-expenditure.aspx

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* 1. If it meant that some cuts to services could be avoided, would you be prepared to pay more Council Tax?

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* 2. If you have answered YES to the above question, please indicate the level of increase in Council Tax that you would be willing to pay.

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* 3. We want to be sure that only Trafford residents are taking part in this survey, so please type in your postcode here:

THANKS!
Thank you for taking part in our survey. Please copy and past the URL for this survey and invite your friends to take part via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Trafford_Council_Tax

We WILL be sharing the results of this survey with Council leaders, but no personal details, obviously.

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