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Council Tax frozen for second year running

Friday 24 February 2012

Residents are set to benefit from a council tax freeze for the second year running as Wycombe District Council approved a zero per cent tax increase at its budget meeting last night.

Councillors took the decision to freeze council tax despite a further 13.6 per cent fall in one of the Council's main sources of income 14 the "formula grant" from the government.

The freeze means that the average Band D household will continue to pay Wycombe District Council £2.44 a week for a wide range of services, equivalent to £126.99 for the next year.

The Council has one of the lowest council taxes in the country for an equivalent district council. The freeze is in line with a pledge made in 2011 by the then newly elected Leader of the Council, Cllr Alex Collingwood, that council tax would be held down.

Since 2006 when the Council began a major savings programme it has delivered £7.5m in savings and is set to make further savings of £1.4m in 2012/2013. One of the ways that this has been achieved is by providing services using new cost effective methods achieved through the reshaping of the organisational structure.

Cllr Roger Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance said:
"There is no denying that along with the rest of the Country, we face a very challenging and uncertain future.

" 2012 will see a great deal of change in the way that we are to be funded, the financial risks that we will be taking on from government, whilst remaining committed to keeping local taxes down.

"Once again we have shown that we can deliver substantial cost reductions in a challenging environment, keep tax down and continue to deliver high quality and improving services. This is testament to the work of this Council and in particular its dedicated Officers and Members.

"We do recognise that the next few years will be even more challenging, but we can draw confidence from our track record over the past six years."