Council Tax Freeze In Selby Confirmed
11:49am 27th February 2013
No increase in Council Tax again this year from Selby District Council, as the authority last night (Tuesday 26 February) agreed a further freeze in the charge.
It means that between April and March next year Selby's District Council's part of the Council Tax bill will be the same as it was back in 2010; it works out at just £3 per week to cover all the services it delivers, including bin collections, leisure services, housing support and planning, say the council.
Last night's decision has been made following significant work to reduce costs and deliver long-term savings over recent years, in response to a significant reduction in central government funding. Since 2010 the Council has delivered savings of around £3.8m; this includes an ongoing saving of £1.4m achieved through a radical restructure of how the Council delivers services, they add.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, "No change for Council Tax, no charges for green waste services. Through our work to deliver ongoing savings we've put ourselves on a sound financial footing to be able to support our residents in this way.
"Because of our prudent approach over recent years we're also now able to invest in the issues that matter most to our area: supporting retail, jobs growth, developing housing and infrastructure, and improving leisure services: this includes rebuilding Abbey Leisure Centre.
"Now's not the time to rest on our laurels, though: we'll carry on our work to make the most of each and every taxpayers' pound."
Selby District Council also say that this year's budget also includes support for parish councils which are facing a rise in their Council Tax charges as a result of national changes to Council Tax Benefit starting this April. They add that they have agreed to add £26,000 to the £134,000 from central government to help ease the impact of this change on parishes for the coming year. The council say this one-off funding will give parish councils additional time to make the savings needed to balance their books in the future.
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