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Council Tax to be Frozen by Hambleton Council


2:45pm 12th February 2013

Hambleton’s council tax is set to be frozen for the third year running.

Ordinarily the Council would be looking at a rise of £2.24 a year – but the increase will not be passed on to householders as central government will pick up some of the extra cost.   For the third year it will partly fund rises set below 2% - effectively freezing rates for taxpayers.

Without the freeze the District Council’s element of council tax would be £91.72 a year for a Band D property - but residents will actually be charged £89.48.

“Once again our taxpayers will not be footing the small annual increase.  They are effectively getting a tax freeze – invaluable in this hard financial climate,” said Council Leader, Councillor Neville Huxtable

“This strategy still means Hambleton is the third lowest charging authority in the country.”

Hambleton’s Cabinet approved the rise this week - members of full council will be asked to ratify the decision next week.

When charges for North Yorkshire County Council, parishes, the police and fire authorities are added to the bill the council tax for an average Band D property is expected to be £1,448.08..

Councillors have also agreed to pass a £92,000 grant to parishes most affected by changes to the Welfare Reform Bill which will see people on benefits having to pay council tax for the first time.  The one year grant will reduce the precept levied by those parishes – and therefore the amount charged to householders.

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