Erewash Borough Council has sent out more than 60,000 letters regarding council tax, business rates and benefits.

As a result of this we are receiving high call volumes at the moment, so you may experience a greater hold time than usual.

You can view your council tax bill and make payments via My Erewash. Register for an account here. You can find also answers to most questions online without waiting to speak to someone on the phone.

Please get in touch with Derbyshire County Council and Adult Social Care, Derbyshire Police, Derbyshire Fire Authority and your local parish council if you have any questions relating to their charges. Council tax banding is the responsibility of the Valuation Office Agency and the council has no influence over the band of your property.  Details for these organisations are included with your bill and can be found here.

A recommendation that Erewash Borough Council raises its share of council tax for 2019/20 by 2.99% was approved at the council’s budget setting meeting on Thursday 7 March.

Councillors at a meeting of Council Executive 19 February supported the increase – which works out at £5.42 p.a. or 11p a week. It will mean that the council’s charge for a Band D property in Erewash will rise to £186.59 p.a..

The proposed increase comes at a time when local authorities continue to face financially challenging times with continuing reductions in government funding.

The council has worked to achieve significant savings over the last few years and the outsourcing of its leisure services on 1 February this year will bring direct savings of just over £600,000 p.a. together with anticipated back office administrative savings of approximately £300,000 p.a.

The council is working towards further savings in the region of £1.2m to enable balanced budgets to be set in future years.

Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:

“We have worked very hard over the last five years to balance our budgets against the backdrop of continuing financial pressures. Going forward, we are under no illusion that the challenge remains a tough one – but we can assure residents that they remain at the centre of everything we do. We have done everything in our power to maintain and protect frontline services and that remains at the forefront of our work as we strive to meet the challenges ahead.”