Ribble Valley Borough Council has announced a freeze on its portion of the Council Tax – without having to fund it through cuts in jobs or services – for the fifth year running.
The borough council has frozen its council tax demand without the need for compulsory redundancies or service cuts, despite a further 12% reduction in the grants it receives from Central Government. Support for charities and voluntary organisations will also be maintained.
The council’s 2014/15 budget means Ribble Valley Borough Council’s share of the council tax on a Band D property will remain at £140.69 – the lowest rate in Lancashire and one of the lowest in the country.
Announcing the tax freeze, Council Leader Stuart Hirst praised the dedication and hard work of council staff and elected councillors for delivering efficient and cost-effective services in difficult times.
He said: “I am very pleased that Ribble Valley’s share of the council tax is to be frozen and core services protected for the fifth successive year.
“This has been achieved despite a reduction in Government funding of 12%, a total of 47% since 2010.
Coun. Hirst added: “Ribble Valley has the lowest council tax in Lancashire and one of the lowest in the country, which is a significant achievement built on many years of detailed financial planning.
“I am grateful to councillors and staff for their dedication and commitment, and for continuing to deliver efficient and cost-effective services in difficult times.”
Council tax bills are made up of several different parts, known as “precepts”. The largest part goes to the County Council to pay for things such as the major roads network, education and social services.
Another part goes to the district or borough council – which also has the job of collecting the tax – to pay for the more local services it provides.
Beyond that, there are smaller precepts set and levied by Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, and by parish or town councils.
Full details are available at the borough council’s website: www.ribblevalley.gov.uk