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York Council confirm cities budget.

York city council

7:13am 25th February 2011
(Updated 7:14am 25th February 2011)

City of York Council today (24 February) formally agreed to freeze the current Council Tax level for 2011/12.

The decision means that the Band D charge for council services will remain at £1090.85 (excluding fire and police charges and parish precepts) for the forthcoming year.

The charge on a Band C property, the charging rate for the majority of properties in York, will remain at £969.64 for 2011/12.

The agreed budget has been informed by citywide consultation, and reflects the council’s key priorities, which include supporting the most vulnerable people in the city, supporting job creation and economic development and increasing recycling and minimising waste to landfill.

The budget will help the council to manage the impact of the economic downturn, working closely with partner organisations across the city to provide value for money services.

In order to fund these priorities and financial pressures, fundamental reviews of current spending have resulted in significant savings being identified within departmental budgets.

This year’s budget has been particularly challenging because of a number of factors, including the significant reduction in funding from central government, the fast-evolving policy agenda of the new government, increasing demand for more intensive support services for older people and looked-after children and the need to invest in waste disposal solutions.

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