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Tax freeze will help hard up families

Blackpool Town Hall.

Blackpool Town Hall.

Householders in Blackpool look set to see their council tax bills pegged back for the fourth year in a row.

The council’s executive is being recommended to freeze the town hall’s portion of the charge at £1,306 for an average band D property.

Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn said: “At a time when we have a genuine cost of living crisis with families’ incomes being squeezed from every angle, we do not feel the people of Blackpool can afford for another bill to go up.

“As a result, Blackpool Council will, yet again, freeze council tax.

“I urge other public bodies to follow suit and not place a further burden on Blackpool residents.”

A total of £36m is set to be cut from Blackpool Council’s budget by 2016, with £16m of that to be slashed in the next financial year, while 700 jobs will be lost over the next two years. Blackpool will receive £598,000 in council tax freeze compensation grant from the Government.

Opposition leader Coun Tony Williams has supported the move.

The Tory group leader said: “It’s been Conservative policy since the coalition came to power that all local authorities should continue to freeze council tax.

“We implemented a no tax rise policy when we were in power in Blackpool and I am pleased that the current 
Labour administration is continuing to uphold this.

“At a meeting I attended two weeks ago with the Secretary of State Eric Pickles, he urged all council leaders to uphold the freeze so I am pleased to see Blackpool is listening.”

The executive will vote on the issue next Monday, before the council meets on Friday February 28 to consider its budget.

However the final bill, which currently stands at £1,522 for an average Band D property, will also include charges for fire and police.

 

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