District council pledges to freeze council tax bill

PUBLISHED: 08:31 27 January 2015

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East Cambridgeshire District Council has announced that it will be freezing its portion of the council tax bill this year.

A series of savings made in its management costs has allowed the authority to balance its budget for 2016/16 without the need to make further cuts or raise the council tax level.

Instead, it will take a grant from the Government in return for holding rates level.

Last year, the Government paid the council £42,925 for freezing its share of the tax bill.

Councillor James Palmer, leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “In 2014, we made a number of tough but necessary decisions to create not just a new organisation but a new council.

“All this hard work has ensured we are able to present a balanced budget not just for this year but we also estimate we’ll be able to balance our budget the year after too. “This is a fantastic achievement - it means we are able to freeze our portion of the council tax bill for 2015/16.

“At a time when many people are striving to make every penny of their budget count – we feel it is only right that we do our bit to help.”

The recommendation to freeze the tax bill made by the finance and governance committee will go for approval by full council in February.

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