North Yorkshire County Council recommended council tax freeze
12:35pm 31st January 2012
(Updated 1:11pm 31st January 2012)
Members of North Yorkshire County Council are to be recommended to freeze council tax for the second year running when they meet to consider the council’s budget next month.
The council’s Executive agreed today to recommend acceptance of the Government’s offer of a one-off grant of £6m to avoid the need for a tax increase.
North Yorkshire County Council has to find savings of some £69m over a four year period as a result of the Coalition Government’s spending reviews.
Around half the savings are the result of internal efficiencies and restructuring. Coupled with some targeted service reductions, the council is on course to deliver all of the savings required in the current financial year, and the prospect of achieving the savings necessary for 2012-13 is “strong.”
While the council has worked hard to identify ways of making savings, it has not lost sight of the need to monitor its performance to ensure it continues to offer the most efficient and effective services possible. The fact that it has achieved savings while continuing to perform strongly has been demonstrated by a raft of official assessments of performance.
- The Care Quality Commission graded North Yorkshire’s adult social care as “excellent”
- Ofsted singled out North Yorkshire as an example of excellent practice for the way it works to prevent young people from being taken into care
- An Ofsted inspection of the Adoption Service judged is performance to be “outsanding”
- The Archive system was rated in the highest category of four stars
- The Registration Service was inspected by the General Register Office and rated in the highest category of “excellent”
- Highways North Yorkshire have successfully delivered a major programme of repairs following the last two severe winters
“A freeze on council tax next year is worth about £26 for the average Band D household, and in such difficult times the council is anxious to minimise the financial burden for residents as much as possible,” said County Councillor John Weighell, the council’s Leader.
“North Yorkshire is a low spending and low taxing authority which is already making £36m of savings in the current year, and needs to make a further £15m next year.
“Although we must make tough spending decisions, we will continue to do everything possible to protect frontline services and the most vulnerable people in our society.”
The Executive’s recommendations on the council tax will be considered by the full council at a meeting on February 15.
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