Richmond Council confirms council tax freeze

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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?

      

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    Employment for young people is very difficult. It must be very dis-heartening for that age group because the jobs seem so limited. I work with the Job Centre for my full time job and the highest concerns are for the 16-24 year olds.

    By TanyaSmith at 09:07 on 13/04/12

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    We should be happy for any freeze to the cold hand of the state that steals from our burdened pockets, the way we are taxed stinks. Sixth forms are great but I think there needs to be more spent on boosting skills training; not just after school but for older people in there 20's. There should be more money available as this is beneficial to the economy. My son is doing a level 2 city and guilds in electrical engineering, he is reasonably bright and the course takes a year, the course can be completed in three months or so, why is there no option for doing it in less time? He went to an apprenticeship fair months ago in Heathrow and there were only three major companies there, none of them have yet come up with any apprenticeships, one firm said they MAY have three places to offer soon, these were major companies. Nowonder we are in the dumps...

    By Durathror1 at 22:34 on 12/04/12

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