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Suffolk: Four-year freeze pledge on county’s council tax

PUBLISHED: 16:36 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:36 14 February 2013

Mark Bee

Mark Bee

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THE county’s element of council tax bills will be frozen for four years if the Conservatives are re-elected in May’s elections for Endeavour House.

That was the pledge today from council leader Mark Bee during the county’s debate on the 2013/14 tax rate at Endeavour House.

This is the third year running that the county has frozen its council tax.

Mr Bee made the pledge after the Conservative-dominated authority rejected a Liberal Democrat amendment that would have seen £1.7million transfered from the county’s reserves to boost education and young people’s services in the county.

The entire council is up for re-election in May with the Conservatives defending 55 of the 75 seats up for grabs.

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Essex’s new fire chief says she was ‘delighted and excited’ to be offered the role.

Teams are being sought for a charity challenge set to test their fitness and resourcefulness and at the same time raise money for a worthy cause.

The region’s ambulance trust, which is facing allegations of patient deaths due to delays, is to be the subject of a “risk summit”.

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