Freeze pledge for council tax

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DERBYSHIRE County Council is the latest authority to announce a council tax freeze.

Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham Councils have all decided not to increase the tax in the coming financial year, accepting Government funding to help cover the cost.

Only Chesterfield has announced it is implementing a rise, of 3.5 per cent.

Coun Andrew Lewer, Derbyshire County Council leader, said he was determined not to add to the burden on council tax payers.

He said: “We know how hard it is for many families to make ends meet. Council tax is one of the biggest bills they get each year and we don’t want to make them bigger.”