Taxpayers across East Northamptonshire won’t see their bills increase over the next year after the district council agreed to a freeze on council tax.
Stimulating the local economy and keeping council tax low to support hard-pressed residents were set as key priorities by East Northamptonshire Council at the full council meeting on Wednesday, 27 February.
Cllr Steven North, leader of the council, said: “We appreciate how difficult the recession has been for the residents of East Northamptonshire, and will play our part, where we can, to avoid adding to their financial problems.
“We want to make sure residents continue to get good value for money from this council and will continue to improve efficiency by ensuring we deliver services in new and better ways.”
“We can never be complacent, because there are more financial challenges ahead. Protecting front-line services and stimulating the local economy are top priorities for us and whilst we have experienced large reductions in Central Government funding, we are hopeful that we can make effective use of other funding streams, including New Homes Bonus, to continue providing quality services.”
A council spokesman added: “East Northamptonshire Council currently has the lowest Council Tax of any council in Northamptonshire, and one of the lowest in the country. The shortfall in the council’s budget for 2013/14 will be covered by reserves.”