Council tax set to be frozen again

Town councillors have voted to freeze council tax for ratepayers in Belper.

The amount which people in the town pay for services from the authority has been held at £32.60 per year for a Band D property for the fourth year running.

Conservative, Alan Cox, said that the decision was particularly good news for the town in light if the financial climate and the fact other neighbouring councils had been forced to increase council tax.

He said: “Times are hard and every little bit helps.

“We have managed to keep council tax at the same level while also improving services tremendously in Belper.

“That is in comparison to places like Ripley where it was increased by 45 per cent last year and this year I believe is in the region of 50 per cent.”

Mr Cox said there had been a number of accomplishments for the town which had been supported by the town council during the past 12 months.

He continued: “There have been a lot of improvements. The Summer and Christmas food fairs have been getting better and better.

“We have also won at the East Midlands in Bloom and national Britain in Bloom competitions. All that has been achieved in spite of the economic situation.”

The rates freeze came as Amber Valley Borough Council were due to approve awarding Belper Town Council a reduced grant of £6,831 for 2013/14.

That compares to the £7,451 the authority received during the previous year.

A full council meeting at Ripley on January 23 was expected to approve the recommendation.