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Council Tax Frozen for Fifth Year Running

Published Friday, 07 March 2014

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

The council has frozen council tax without the need for compulsory redundancies or service cuts, despite a 12 per cent reduction in Government grants. Support for charities and voluntary organisations will also be maintained.

The council's 2014/15 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.

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

He said: "I am very pleased that Ribble Valley's share of the council tax is to be frozen and core services protected for the fifth successive year.

"This has been achieved despite a reduction in Government funding of 12 per cent, a total of 47 per cent since 2010.

"Ribble Valley has the lowest council tax in Lancashire and one of the lowest in the country, which is a significant achievement built on many years of detailed financial planning.

"I am grateful to councillors and staff for their dedication and commitment, and for continuing to deliver efficient and cost-effective services in difficult times."

Council tax bills include precepts from Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and parishes.


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