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Waveney District Council freezes council tax again

PUBLISHED: 21:10 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:52 28 February 2013

Waveney District Council leader Colin Law.

Waveney District Council leader Colin Law.

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Waveney District Council has frozen its portion of Council Tax for the third consecutive year.

Tonight Waveney agreed that a Band D property will again pay £147.51 a year..

Meanwhile, despite continued financial pressures on the authority, with further reductions to the annual grant funding received from central government, a balanced budget was also presented to full council last night.

Colin Law, leader of the Council said: “Having faced a considerable deficit earlier in the year, to present a balanced budget is nothing short of remarkable and a testament to the tireless work of councillors and officers in difficult conditions. Additionally, I am delighted that we will not be adding to our residents’ burden this year by increasing Council Tax.

“Our sound planning means that our communities can look forward to another year of good services as part of a continued commitment to improving the lives and wellbeing of Waveney residents, visitors and businesses.”

“However, the days of simply chipping away at budgets is at an end and we must seek ways to encourage growth, encourage businesses and help our economy prosper.

“In this environment it is essential for local government to take the initiative and be bold. The task for us now therefore is to seek ways to encourage economic growth and to be at the forefront of a bright, sustainable future for the district.”

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