Labour group propose Council Tax freeze

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The Labour group on Corby Council is recommending that Council Tax stays the same in the next financial year.

The One Corby Policy Committee (OCPC) meets tonight (Tuesday, February 5) and the Labour group is recommending a 0 per cent Council Tax increase for 2013/14 is agreed. Previously, the Labour group agreed to consult on a two per cent increase in Council Tax. Through the consultation process with members, officers and residents, the group has decided to present a recommendation of 0 per cent increase to OCPC. If a Council Tax freeze is agreed at OCPC it will then be put forward to full council for approval on Thursday, February 28.

Corby Council only receives 13 per cent of the total Council Tax bill that residents pay and therefore the overall impact will depend on the increases made by Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Police and parish councils.

It comes as Kettering residents are also set to avoid paying an increase in Council Tax to the borough council, with the Conservative administration at KBC pledging not to increase their precepts until at least 2015.

It is part of their “three zeroes” policy, which also includes 0 per cent cuts to frontline services this year and 0 per cent cuts to global third sector grants.

The OCPC meeting will take place at 7pm in Corby Cube. To view the agenda and reports go to www.corby.gov.uk/one-corby-policy-committee-5-february-2013.