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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Council Tax Frozen for Fourth Year Running

Published Thursday 14th February 13

Thrifty Ribble Valley Borough Council has announced a council tax freeze without cuts in jobs or services for the fourth year running.

The council has bucked the national trend by freezing council tax without the need for compulsory redundancies or service cuts, despite an eight per cent reduction in Government grants. Support for charities and voluntary organisations will also be maintained.

The council's 2013/14 budget means Ribble Valley Borough Council's share of the council tax on a Band D property will remain at £140.69, the lowest in Lancashire and one of the lowest in the country.

As a low-spending authority, Ribble Valley Borough Council was given permission by the Government to increase its share of the council tax by 3.6 per cent, but has chosen not to.

And today council leader Michael Ranson praised the dedication and hard work of council staff and councillors for delivering efficient and cost-effective services in difficult times.

He said: "Like all other local authorities, Ribble Valley Borough Council has seen a significant reduction in financial support from the Government.

"There have been announcements from some neighbouring authorities concerning substantial potential redundancies, but our budget proposals for the coming year do not envisage any compulsory redundancies or reduction in services, while yet again maintaining support for charitable and voluntary organisations.

"We have also frozen our share of the council tax in the interests of Ribble Valley council taxpayers, despite being given the go-ahead by the Government to increase it by 3.6 per cent.

"Our sound financial position is down to strong financial discipline, prudent management and a committed and dedicated workforce.

"The council has never relied on Government handouts to fund services and this budget continues the work started two years ago to transform the way the council delivers services to Ribble Valley residents.

"Our success comes from the hard work of staff and councillors, and I would like to pay tribute to them for continuing to deliver efficient and cost-effective services in difficult times."

The budget is expected to be endorsed at a full Ribble Valley Borough Council meeting on 5 March.

Council tax bills include precepts from Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and parishes. Full details will be available at www.ribblevalley.gov.uk after March 5.