Newark and Sherwood District Council spares residents a council tax rise

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RESIDENTS across Newark and Sherwood will be spared a rise in council tax after the authority agreed to freeze the bill for 2012-13.

At a full meeting of Newark & Sherwood District Council, councillors voted to not to raise its share of the tax for the coming financial year.

The decision means that the average ‘Band D’ homeowner will again pay £160.73 per household from 1st April.

The council is now eligible for a £158,000 Government grant which is paid to the authority on the top of the formula grant of £7,516,918 which is given to help pay for council services, alongside council tax collected.

The overall tax freeze means that householders living in a ‘Band D’ property will pay Nottinghamshire County Council £1,193.18, Nottinghamshire Police Authority £166.41 and Nottinghamshire Fire Authority £69.69.

A recent restructuring of the council’s management as well as savings on staff has also seen the authority save almost £1m in the last year.

Coun Tony Roberts, leader of Newark & Sherwood District Council, said: “The changes have proved difficult and turbulent but there were few alternatives.

“Over the last 18 months we have reduced the number of full-time equivalent posts in the organisation by 48, largely through ‘natural wastage’ and not filling vacant posts.

“I believe all these changes will eventually make us a stronger and more agile organisation with a strong focus on the priorities that matter.

“This budget seeks to build on the successes of the past and should see Newark and Sherwood prosper for the benefit of all its citizens.”