Lib Dems back Sutton Council tax freeze for 2013/14

Coun Ruth Dombey

Coun Ruth Dombey

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Council tax in Sutton is set to be frozen for a fourth consecutive year after councillors recommended it stay the same in 2013/14.

Liberal Democrats, who have a majority on Sutton Council, have decided they will recommend a freeze in council tax, meaning it is likely it will get approved when it goes to the vote.

If the freeze goes ahead, it will be the fourth year in a row without a rise despite cuts in Government funding.

Council leader Councillor Ruth Dombey said: "This has been possible because we acted early to find savings by thinking about how we deliver every single service to our residents. This has helped us to maintain the delivery of front line services while significantly reducing costs. I am very grateful for all the hard work everyone has put in to achieve these savings."

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8:37am Mon 26 Nov 12

Paul Scully says...

Welcome news but it's possible because as in the last two years, the government have given the council an extra grant specifically to make up the difference and allow them to do this. That's the only way they have been able to promise another freeze.
Welcome news but it's possible because as in the last two years, the government have given the council an extra grant specifically to make up the difference and allow them to do this. That's the only way they have been able to promise another freeze. Paul Scully
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8:51am Wed 28 Nov 12

Simon Wales says...

Mr Scully's comment is slightly disingenuous - the government grant does cover that specific year, but does not cover future years ie the fact that the extra sum would have been collected every year following a rise and not just in that specific year. Inflation over that period has been about 13% and further changes to the government funding formula will mean more reductions in the Council's budget.
Mr Scully's comment is slightly disingenuous - the government grant does cover that specific year, but does not cover future years ie the fact that the extra sum would have been collected every year following a rise and not just in that specific year. Inflation over that period has been about 13% and further changes to the government funding formula will mean more reductions in the Council's budget. Simon Wales
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