Authority freezes council tax

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COUNCIL tax levels will be frozen for the coming year by a further local authority.

North East Derbyshire Council’s budget proposes to make no increase in the charges - following similar announcements by councils including Sheffield and Barnsley.

Chesterfield Council is the only authority which is going ahead with an increase, of 3.5 per cent. Rotherham has not yet revealed details of its plans.

Councils are being offered Government compensation in exchange for freezing council tax - as long as their financial plans had only included a rise of no more than 2.5 per cent.

Coun Pat Kerry, North East Derbyshire Council’s lead member for economy, finance and regeneration, said: “Setting our budget in the difficult financial climate, while protecting frontline services, continues to be a challenge.

“But at a time when our residents are under pressure from rising household bills we have a duty to keep council tax bills as low as possible, which is why we are recommending no increase in the amount residents pay for our services.”

The council is making £700,000 of spending cuts over the coming year but bosses say they have ‘protected services for most vulnerable residents’.

Improvements to leisure centres and introduction of new recycling bins are also going ahead.

Members of the council will vote on whether to formally approve the plans at a meeting on February 27.