No Council Tax increase but bleak outlook for local government

Amber Valley Borough Council’s element of the Council Tax will not increase next year. This is the news that will be given to a meeting of the Full Council, by Leader Cllr Paul Jones, on Monday (2 March).

Cllr Jones, commented: “We are very happy to be able to announce no increase in Council Tax, but the future for local services is looking very bleak when we consider the projected reduction of 90% in the Council’s external grant by 2020. This clearly shows that this government does not see local services as a priority.”

The Council has identified £165,000 of savings which have come from additional income being generated from services, and reductions in salary costs from natural wastage. During 2015 it will be seeking to increase its commercial income rather than reduce services.

For every pound collected in Council Tax, less than 10 pence goes towards Borough Council services the majority of the cash collected goes to the County, and Police.

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