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Town Council Precept

Residents receiving their council tax bills from Cheshire East Council may have noticed an increase in the Town Council element of their bills. This 14.6% reflects a £6.35  per year increase in the amount a Band D property pays to the Town Council, or just 12p extra per week.

The Band D for Knutsford is now £49.84; the fourth lowest for the towns in Cheshire East (only the larger towns of Wilmslow, Macclesfield and Crewe are lower). The precept of £286,020 accounts for 60% of the Town Council’s income, and was increased by £38,912 for the new financial year.

The key question is why the precept has increased;

  • The loss of £6,200 of funding from central government (through Cheshire East Council) for tax bases changes implemented in 2014
  • Continuing the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Knutsford
  • Installing new Speed Indicator Devices at two entrance roads to Knutsford
  • Delivering a new Music Festival and supporting the Pumpkin Path
  • Transfer of the Knutsford Town Council Offices from Cheshire East Council

In addition to this the Town Council is continuing to undertake a range of projects including improvements at Wallwood, Tabley Hill cemetery and other public open spaces as well as continuing to support community organisations through its community grants scheme.

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner said “The Town Council aims to keep its precept to a minimum whilst delivering the maximum impact for its residents”

“We go through a rigorous process to set our budget and always seek to find efficiencies and minimise costs without reducing the services we provide.”

You can view the Town Council budget in full here: Budget 2017/18

How does Knutsford Compare?


Town Band D Rate
Nantwich  £     104.60
Middlewich  £        86.96
Congleton  £        81.93
Alsager  £        79.54
Sandbach  £        79.20
Holmes Chapel  £        77.49
Poynton  £        74.14
Alderley Edge  £        66.99
Bollington  £        58.00
Knutsford  £        49.84
Crewe  £        43.14
Macclesfield  £        38.60
Wilmslow  £        27.45

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2016 Precept Agreed

Knutsford Town Council has set its annual precept demand at £247,108 a slight increase of £5,262. The precept, which is collected with Council Tax, funds the work of the Town Council in addition to the income it derives from its assets and sponsorships. In 2015/16 the precept worked out at £42.95 per year for each Band D property in Knutsford and this increases from April to £43.49, an increase of just 54p a year or 1.26%.

One of the new budget lines for the Council is £35,000 towards the production of the Neighbourhood Plan which will be supplemented by external grant funding. Other new budget lines include £2,000 set aside for improvements to public open spaces, £1,000 for investigating potential highway improvements and £2,500 towards commemorations of HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

The Council has also increased budgets allocated to the Cemetery to allow further improvement works to take place and agreed in principle to provide a grant of £6,000 towards the Heritage Centre’s planned Canute Millennial events.

“The budget process this year was especially thorough with both the committee’s themselves examining every line of their budgets for potential savings and the Finance Committee providing strict scrutiny of the budget submissions” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner.

“As a result, Knutsford looks set to continue to have the fourth lowest Band D Council Tax of the towns in Cheshire East”

View the agreed 2016/17 budget: 2016/17 Budget

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