Council Freezes Council Tax For Third Year Running
We have frozen our part of the Council Tax for the third year running.
Councillors met on Friday 1st March 2013 to agree the freeze, even though we continue to be one of the top ten worst hit in the country in terms of the funding we receive from the government.
With a budget of £10.489m for next year, we have managed reductions in government grants of £4million over the past two years with a further £1million over the next two years.
Deputy Leader, Councillor Alan Tomlinson, said, “These are tough times, not only for local councils, but for our local communities as well and that is why we have taken the decision to freeze our proportion of the Council Tax for a third year and not burden our residents with a hike in another household bill.
“The reduction in our grant funding is astonishing, so tough decisions have got to be made. But our financial plans are in place and show we are planning for the future, that we are a responsible Council and that we will continue to do our best to protect jobs and services.”
We are the billing authority, but only receives around 10pence of every pound of Council Tax collected, with the remaining 90pence going to the County Council, the Police and Fire authorities and Town and Parish Councils.
Date issued: 1st March 2013
Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 15:04