District council pledges to freeze council tax bill


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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.”

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