Richmond Council confirms council tax freeze
By TanyaSmith | Saturday, March 03, 2012, 08:31
Richmond Council has confirmed that council tax will be freezed for a second year which will be a big relief for residents in the borough.
The freeze has been achieved through a variety of cost cutting methods. Over 300 members have staff have been cut and the central government has given the council a freeze grant of £2.9m to ensure this freeze is affordable for the council.
Leaders of the council wanted to help residents during this difficult economic climate and the uncertainty around their council tax bill. Their aim is that residents can now feel more secure knowing the freeze will take place for another year.
Further announcements at the budget meeting revealed that £25m had been set aside for the creation of sixth forms, which the opposition felt should be spent on creating more secondary schools places instead.
We'd like to hear your views on the council tax free - will this really make a difference? Has the council done enough to help us?