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Freeze likely on large part of council tax

Thursday, 3rd February 2011.

County councillors have agreed a council tax freeze in Suffolk this year.

The county council imposes by far the largest part of our council tax bills because it is responsible for the most expensive services - including schools, roads and the fire service.

On Tuesday, the council's cabinet agreed a budget based on keeping its council tax the same as last year.

This will allow it to take advantage of a Government incentive worth 7.2million, available as long as councils don't exceed the 2.5 per cent increase limit set.

But the council is also aiming to save 40million through cuts and its new strategic direction of divesting itself of some services such as libraries and school crossing patrols.

The shortfall has been caused by the council suffering a cut in its funding from Government.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council is also aiming for a council tax freeze, which will be discussed at its cabinet meeting on February 16.

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