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Craven set for council tax freeze

Craven set for council tax freeze

Published at 2:26pm 18th February 2015. (Updated at 4:08pm 18th February 2015)

Plans have been drawn up to freeze the cost of parking across Craven and to keep council tax on hold for another year.

The district's recommended budget for 2015/16, funded by projected revenues and a contribution from council reserves, will be put forward for approval at a meeting next week.

Councillors have voted to freeze council tax for a fifth year in a row and accepted the offer of the 2015/16 council tax freeze grant, estimated at £35,000 which is equivalent to a 1% increase in council tax.

There will be no increase in car parking charges for the third year running.

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council, said: "In setting this budget, we had planned for a further reduction in support from central government, and here in Craven this proved to be a further cut of 27.9% in our Revenue Support Grant - a loss in cash terms of £443k.

"Over the last year, we have continued to cut costs wherever possible, and we are on track to deliver an underspend against the budget for 2014/15, reflecting the prudent approach taken.

"Savings of £130k made over the last year led to a cumulative savings total of £541k.

"Given the pressures facing local government, notwithstanding the cuts in central government funding, the Council has done very well to put forward a robust and balanced budget with a small contribution from the general fund and without an increase in council tax.

"I would like to thank the continued support of our residents and Council staff which has enabled us to make these savings.

"Looking ahead, it is imperative that we sustain our income levels and realise the savings that have been built into this year's plan."

Final approval of the budget and setting of the council tax will be made at a full council meeting on 24 February.