Winchester civic chiefs freeze council tax for fifth year running

Daily Echo: Civic chiefs freeze council tax for fifth year running Civic chiefs freeze council tax for fifth year running

WINCHESTER council leaders have agreed to freeze council tax for a fifth year in a row.

People living in an average Band D property will pay £126.27, the same as in 2010-11.

With the county council also freezing council tax, households will have relatively small increases from the police and fire authorities.

Senior Tory councillor Stephen Godfrey said despite reduced Government funding the council was presenting a balanced budget with no tax increase or cuts to services.

Around £113million will be invested in capital schemes over the next five years, including Silver Hill renaissance, £6m on enterprise centres and land purchases.

Cllr Godfrey said the council was also working towards making all contractors pay the Living Wage. The aim is to make Winchester one of the first Living Wage cities, where “local people can expect to earn enough to afford to live here.”

Councillors also agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to reduce the cost of lease cars and freeze pest control fees as well as making £120,000 available over the next two years to fight fuel poverty, where poorer households are paying a disproportionate amount to heat their homes.

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4:10pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Michael S says...

I'm sure we all welcome the freeze in the amount of council tax (CT) that we have to pay to Winchester City Council in 2014/15 but this amount has been frozen for four years - not five years as stated in the article.

There was an increase of 1.52% for the year 2010-11.
2011-12 - no increase
2012-13 - no increase
2013-14 - on increase
2014-15 - no increase

which makes four years of no increase - not five years.

Reports about the HCC share of the CT make the same error - they also claim a five year freeze whan it is actually four.
I'm sure we all welcome the freeze in the amount of council tax (CT) that we have to pay to Winchester City Council in 2014/15 but this amount has been frozen for four years - not five years as stated in the article. There was an increase of 1.52% for the year 2010-11. 2011-12 - no increase 2012-13 - no increase 2013-14 - on increase 2014-15 - no increase which makes four years of no increase - not five years. Reports about the HCC share of the CT make the same error - they also claim a five year freeze whan it is actually four. Michael S
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6:47pm Sat 22 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Good for a few extra Tory votes then.
Good for a few extra Tory votes then. OSPREYSAINT
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