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Published: Thursday, 26th March 2020

Warwick District Council has cancelled the planned meeting for Wednesday 25 March.

The Chairman of Warwick District Council has taken the decision to cancel the meeting of Warwick District Council planned for Wednesday 25 March. This is in response to the Prime Minister’s coronavirus guidance issued on 23 March 2020.

Had this meeting taken place, councillors would have voted on a recommendation to withdraw their proposal for excessive council tax in Warwick District, to create a ring-fenced fund to tackle climate change.  However this meeting will not now be possible and neither will the referendum due to the current restrictions in place.

As the referendum cannot take place, by law, the Council will revert to the lower Council tax increase of £5 a year for a band D property. This lower increase was approved by Council in February 2020 to cover the core Council services but by law cannot take effect until after the date the referendum was scheduled.

This means that your April and May instalments will be paid at the higher rate you have already been billed for, which equates to an over-payment of around £10. Any overpayment will be automatically incorporated into your next bill, and reduced on that basis.

Councillors regret that this approach has to be taken, but they have to act lawfully and respect the challenges faced by the nation at the moment.

Whilst dealing with coronavirus is the main priority, Councillors are unanimous in their ambition to combat the effects of Climate Change and continue to support action that needs to be taken, as set out in their Action Programme. They will consider the financing required to tackle it in their 2020/21 budget review.

Councillor George Illingworth (Chairman), Councillor Andrew Day (Leader of the Council & Conservative Group), Councillor Boad (Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group), Councillor Davison (Leader of the Green Group), Councillor Nicholls (Leader of the Labour Group) and Councillor Heath (Leader of Whitnash Residents Association).

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