ESBC Cabinet propose Council Tax Freeze
East Staffordshire Borough Council has announced it is planning to help keep household payments low again this year by freezing its portion of the overall Council Tax bill.
At a Cabinet meeting on Monday 13th February, East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Cabinet approved its Mid Term Financial Strategy and agreed to propose a freeze in the levels of Council Tax for 2017/18.
If approved at the full Council meeting on Monday 27th February, it will be the eighth year in a row where the authority has either not increased or reduced its element of the charge.
The Council has also identified a number of savings proposals for 2017/18, which total in excess of £0.7m.
Councillor Richard Grosvenor, Leader of the Council, said: “I’m delighted that we are once again able to propose a freeze to our portion of Council Tax.
“As a result of our strategic approach to financial management, we have ensured, where possible, that our frontline services are protected whilst being a position to propose a freeze to Council Tax.
“It is particular pleasing that we can make this proposal at a time when LGA statistics suggest that over 80% of other local authorities intend to increase their Council Tax.”
The provisional local government settlement for 2017/18 to 2019/20 was announced in December 2016. For East Staffordshire the settlement has resulted in a cash reduction of 30% or approximately £1.3m over the three year period to 2019/20. When added to those reductions seen during the previous parliament, this results in a cumulative reduction in formula funding of £6.5m or 79% since austerity measures began in 2011/12.