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Council Tax Frozen by Hambleton Council


4:07pm 19th February 2013

Hambleton’s council tax has been frozen for the third year running.

District Councillors have agreed not to impose a rise of £2.24 a year on householders.  The increase will be funded by central government through a scheme which sees it picking up the costs of rises set below 2% - effectively freezing rates for taxpayers.

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

“Once again our taxpayers are getting a tax freeze – invaluable in this hard financial climate,” said Council Leader, Councillor Neville Huxtable

“And through our robust financial planning services are not being cut in Hambleton – and we remain the third lowest council tax charging authority in the country.”

Members of full council ratified the freeze today.

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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Howard and Byrne Solicitors, York - Criminal Defence Specialists