Government minister calls Kettering Council “splendid”

Secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles
Secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles
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The secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles, described Kettering Council as “splendid” in Parliament yesterday.

Mr Pickles made his comments during a session on communities and local government yesterday (Monday, April 7) afternoon.

The MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, asked the minister: “What assessment he has made of the wider applicability of the key elements of Kettering Borough Council’s budget for 2014-15 which (a) freezes council tax, (b) cuts car parking charges and (c) maintains grants to the voluntary sector. [R]

Mr Pickles said: “I commend Kettering, particularly for freezing council tax for four successive years. It proves that councils can run their services efficiently and encourage growth without increasing taxes on local people. Kettering is providing an example in this for other councils to follow.”

In response to a further question from Mr Hollobone he went on to add: “I think that Kettering is a splendid council. It is a place we should all pop in to see on any journey that we make, as it shows how local government should be run. May I particularly commend the council for its foresight on parking, not only reducing parking charges but introducing bays so that people can pop in and shop for a very limited sum of money? I should like to see that throughout the rest of the country.”