Conservative run Cheshire West & Chester Council proposes 2 year Council Tax Freeze

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Cheshire West and Chester Council has Budget Council this evening (Monday 3 March) where the Full Council will be considering the Budget proposed by CWAC Executive last month who unanimously approved plans for a two year council tax freeze in West Cheshire for 140,000 council tax payers for 2014-16.

If full council ratifies the plan CWAC’s standard Band D council tax rate for 2014-15 will remain unchanged at £1,275.23.

And over the last four years, council taxpayers in the Borough will have paid an average 1.65% rise in council tax against a 12.1% rise in inflation – a saving of £131 on a Band D tax bill.

Members of Executive were asked on Wednesday 13 February to approve a recommend a freeze on council tax for 2014-15 and suggest the same for the following year.

Councillor Les Ford, Executive Member, Resources, told colleagues that the authority’s medium term financial plan had been based on the continued reduction of funds from a central government seeking to balance the nation’s current account.

Said Councillor Ford: “The budget continues the same themes as previous years by continuing to reduce waste, inefficient practices and bureaucracy and yet seeks to innovate and develop new ways of delivering and improving services to our residents at a much reduced cost.

“We have continued, as we have always done in this borough to produce a sound way forward and be well ahead of the curve in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and savings.”

And he added: “This is working very successfully enabling the council to make significant investments into sports and cultural facilities in Northwich, Ellesmere Port and Chester; substantial investments into schools, where a detailed plan is being supported by government and in our roads and pavements, as requested by many residents on the doorstep.” 

Cllr Brenda Dowding, Adult Services Portfolio added “I have made repeated pleas to the Opposition that if they wish to change things on Adult Social Care & Health, they come and talk about it because then we can have a sensible debate”.

She added that by producing ammendments at Full Council there is “No opportunity for properly scruntinising those ideas.”

At the time of posting this article, midday on Monday 3 March, no amendments had been circulated by CWaC’s Labour Councillors to Full Council.

Update: As at 4pm on Monday 3 March, CWaC’s Labour Councillors had still not circulated any amendments.  Full Council starts at 5pm.

Update: Labour’s ammendment was finally handed out at 4.50pm, 10 minutes before Full Council began and was defeated during the Full Council Debate.

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