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Council tax freeze proposed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council

ZERO RISE: Cllr Mildmay-White
ZERO RISE: Cllr Mildmay-White

Council tax will be frozen for the sixth year running by St Edmundsbury Council if its proposed 2015-16 budget gains approval from councillors.

Although the council is faced with a 48 per cent cut in Government grant over the next two years - a £1.5m reduction in spending over the next year - its cabinet is set to recommend the freeze in council tax when it meets on February 10.

Its recommendation will then go to full council on February 24 for a final decision.

The council’s deputy leader, Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, said: “The council has consistently been committed to a regime of financial discipline which means the cabinet is confidently able to recommend a council tax freeze to the full council later this month.

“This financial discipline means we have planned well, cut costs, changed the way we do things and, after listening to what people tell us, taken careful decisions about th best way to use the money entrusted to us by our residents and businesses.”

Front line services will not be affected by the £1.5m funding deficit from central Government, added Cllr Mildmay-White.

In 2014 St Edmundsbury Council, working in partnership with neighbouring Forest Heath District Council as ‘West Suffolk’ adopted a shared West Suffolk Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy.

These set up the three priorities (around supporting economic growth, families and communities and housing) that councillors decided to focus on along with the way they would be financed.

One of the ways in which the council will save money next year is by changing the days on which bin collections are made, a move that save £135,000.

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