No tax rise for Redditch residents
Redditch Borough Council last night (Monday
February 18) agreed a financial package that freezes council tax
for another year.
The council rubber-stamped a recommendation
from its Executive Committee for a Medium Term Financial Plan that
manages a range of funding pressures, including more permanent
reductions to annual government funding, to balance the budget for
2013-14 without a tax rise.
- Major savings through efficiency by transforming the way the
- Removing or reducing council tax discounts on short term empty
(‘Class C’) and second homes
- Accepting a one-off grant payment from the government
equivalent to a 1% rise in Council Tax, in return for freezing
- Using £24,000 out of balances
The report to councillors also noted that by
2014-15 the council will have dealt with reductions to its
government funding totalling 43% of 2010-11 levels.
Redditch Borough Councillor Phil Mould, who is
responsible for corporate management, said: “It is a tough budget.
It’s well known that Redditch has consistently been handed the
biggest cuts in the area but this year the council has kept tax
down for residents by working smarter, working harder, and having
“That’s why there is no tax rise this year and
we have been able to make new and useful services available to the
public such as free swimming for the young and elderly and the
pre-9.30am concessionary bus scheme.”