Council freezes its tax

RESIDENTS across the region can breath a sigh a relief after East Riding Council announced that it has frozen its council tax for 2013/14.

The total council tax bill each household will pay will be decided at a council meeting on Wednesday 20 February when details of the separate precepts for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and from the Police and Crime Commissioner will be known.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding Council, said: “This council like others has faced large cuts in government grant which looks set to continue in future years and this presents a big challenge especially as the East Riding starts from a low funding base with funding that is well below the average for similar councils.

“However we have planned ahead with a strong financial strategy that is achieving substantial cumulative savings while protecting the essential services on which East Riding residents – including vulnerable children and adults – depend.”

East Riding Council’s decision to freeze its council tax means Band A households across the county will pay £808.13 for services provided by the council. A Band D property will pay £1,212.20 from April.