Tax freeze for county

Tis Harrogate Council Offices on Crescent Gardens.(1401045c)
Tis Harrogate Council Offices on Crescent Gardens.(1401045c)

TAXpayers will face the same bill from North Yorkshire County Council from April as they have in the last two years.

The authority voted on Wednesday to freeze council tax for the next financial year, accepting a £6m Government grant to make up for some of the shortfall.

Council leader John Weighell said: “A freeze on council tax next year would be worth about £26 for the average band D household and in such difficult times the county council is anxious to minimise the financial burden for residents as much as possible.

“There is a vast number of people in this county such as elderly people on fixed incomes , people in business and retail and those struggling to fill up their cars with petrol and pay gas and electricity bills – for whom £26 is a significant sum.”

The council has already warned further cuts will have to be made to achieve the £69m of savings the Government requires by 2015. More than half of that amount will be saved by the end of this financial year, with a further £15m planned for 2012-13.