Freeze on tax for residents

COUNCIL Tax across Amber Valley is set to remain frozen for the third year running, it has been revealed this week.

Proposals for no increase to council tax are set to be discussed at Amber Valley Borough Council when it meets on Wednesday.

Council leader Stuart Bradford said he is committed to freezing the tax in the authority’s share of the bill and is very aware of how difficult times are for people.

“My commitment to a nil increase follows the previous commitments given to maintaining low council taxes for Amber Valley residents and as a consequence of the strenuous efforts made by everyone at the council to deliver savings and improved efficiency,” he said.

“This has been further bolstered by the council accepting the Government’s additional one of grant for council tax purposes.

“It’s the third year in a row we have been able to freeze our part of the council tax bill compared to 2009/10 levels.

“We continue to look for opportunities to increase revenue and achieve further efficiency gains which will support the revenue budget to maintain a low tax approach in future years.”

Coun Bradford says he wants to offer real help to hard pressed families, with their cost of living rising.

The authority’s budget is expected to be agreed at £12.746m.