Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°C

ESTD 1874 Search

St Edmundsbury: Borough council plans to freeze its share of council tax for third year in a row

13:10 05 February 2013

*John Griffiths Cllr Christopher Spicer (Deputy Mayor of St Edmundsbury) Simon Daykin at Bury Guildhall

*John Griffiths Cllr Christopher Spicer (Deputy Mayor of St Edmundsbury) Simon Daykin at Bury Guildhall

Archant

ST Edmundsbury Borough Council is looking to freeze its share of the council tax - but council tax benefits would be reduced for some people.

Today, John Griffiths, the leader of the borough council, and David Ray, cabinet member for resources at the borough council, outlined the budget the authority is looking to set for next year.

Mr Griffiths said: “I think we are all extremely proud I think for the third year running and the fourth time in five years we are yet again freezing our share of the council tax which means for our residents that means they will be paying the same they did three years ago and receiving hopefully the same quality, if not better, services they did.

“So in current Government funding reductions, the tough economic climate and all these things it’s a very significant achievement. And thanks to a lot of the hard work by our officers and staff.”

Working age claimants, those with second homes and properties which are empty would see their council tax discounts reduced.

Mr Griffiths said: “The reality is we are facing this 10% cut [by the Government on the amount spent on helping people pay their council tax].

“And to share this as fairly as possible we are actually helping to subsidise or cushion the blow to those people who are on benefit.

“We are helping to encourage more empty housing becoming available to rent or to buy for people, and we are sharing the burden amongst those sectors and freezing council tax.”

0 comments

A 25-year-old woman missing from Felixstowe has been found.

These pupils from Old Buckenham Hall School  are now in Year 1 - the newest recruits have been photographed ready for First Class 2016

Over recent weeks we have visited schools in Bury St Emdunds, Framlingham, Sudbury and Hadleigh capturing children enjoying their first days of school.

Photo by Angela Sharpe of Ellough Park Raceway

Investigations are under way after a man died at a go-karting race circuit.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A drug addict has had two allegations of theft dropped against him after the prosecution went over the deadline to bring charges.

The payphone outside Higham's post office, in Middle Green, Higham

They are an important part of British history but soon the traditional red phone box could soon be vanishing from villages across west Suffolk.

Man charged over assaults on police and a woman

A 23-year-old man has been charged after two police officers were taken to hospital for treatment following alleged assaults when they responded to reports of a domestic incident in Stowmarket.

Stock image of a manicure

Around 2,000 potentially dangerous manicure products have been intercepted at the Port of Felixstowe.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24