08:00 Monday 18 February 2013

Council tax charge frozen in 'budget for families and jobs'

Written byBY ADRIAN JENKINS

Philip Atkins Philip Atkins

STAFFORDSHIRE County Council has backed plans to freeze its element of council tax bills for homeowners in Burton.

The proposal was rubber-stamped at a meeting of the full council, putting its share of the bill for a Band D property at £1,027.25.

Tory leaders said the charge represented ‘a real terms reduction over the last four years once inflation and the council’s tax freezes were taken into account’.

A plank of what the authority called ‘a budget for families and jobs’, the council tax precept was part of the council’s strategic plan and medium term strategy.

Leader Philip Atkins said: “This budget isn’t a one-off; it is the product of four years good, sound and responsible leadership from the council that has transformed services rather than cut them, kept taxes low at an unprecedented time of economic stress and anticipated the need for change.

“While the council has made its contribution to dealing with the national deficit, we have continued to meet our residents’ needs as well as planning for the future.

“I am excited by the prospect of what this well-run council can achieve as it delivers new and innovative services.”

The authority said its proposals reflected input and ideas from residents, businesses and trade unions.

Giving people more money, supporting businesses and helping those in greatest needs were people’s priorities, it said.

Businesses, meanwhile, had welcomed the council’s bid to improve economic prosperity.

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