Council proposes fifth tax freeze

breaking news
breaking news

Amber Valley Borough Council’s ruling Tory party are proposing to freeze council tax for the fifth year in a row.

Councillors will be invited to support the proposals at a full council to be held on Monday, March 3.

Councillor Stuart Bradford, Conservative Leader of the Council, criticised other local authorities for not following suit.

He said: “I am pleased to announce again such good news during these difficult financial times. It’s just a pity the organisations that demand the biggest part of the council tax bill, namely the police and crime commissioner, fire and rescue services and Derbyshire County Council have not copied us by making sufficient savings to prevent increases, thereby causing a collective hike of council tax of £26 per year for Amber Valley residents who live in a Band D property. Given the borough council’s achievements I’m sure our residents will find this most unwelcome”.

“We, like all councils, have faced substantial reductions in external funding, but prudent financial planning, a continuing emphasis on efficiency savings, and being prepared to make difficult decisions, has helped us to achieve large cost savings which in turn help our council tax payers. Not only that, but again, through forward thinking and listening to our residents, we now have a very popular waste and recycling service, and officially some of the best parks and leisure centres in the UK”.

“We still have to identify further savings but we have possibly the best track record on this. The council has a three year financial plan which is fully funded.”