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Council tax freeze guaranteed

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

Council Tax

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STAFFORD residents have been promised a tax freeze for the next year despite cuts to government grants

The promise was made at a cabinet meeting to discuss the years proposed budget as well as changes to government funding.

Council leader Mike Heenan said: “We expected reductions in our grant from the government over the next few years and we have to some degree been planning for this.

“We will not be increasing council tax this April, that’s a definite. At the end of the day we are coping with what the government is throwing at us and we are managing to deliver.”

 Cabinet members approved the year’s budget which will see nearly half a million pounds cut from services including £150,000 of cuts in the waste reduction budget.

This figure also includes a £70,000 saving by not replacing Chief Executive Malcolm Vickers when he retires this year.

Nearly thirty thousand pounds will also be spent replacing cemetery signs and as well as £28,000 on a pool cover for Stafford Leisure Centre.

The authority will need to use £60,000 from reserves in order to cope with further reductions in funding.

The full council will meet on Tuesday (15) to consider the proposed budget.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 10 2013, 5:14PM

    On the face of it this seems a very good thing until you look at the background. The Grant to the council has been cut. It is relatively simple to manage the books of a council if you are happy to cut services and sack the people who deliver them. I am not an accountant but it is clear to me that when the reckoning comes along we will see that services were slashed to have the pr of no increases in Taxes. It is clear that nearer the election this administration will cut further and deeper hurting many in the community who rely on those services every day for survival. All just to give us all a small tax cut.....how nice of them

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