Selby council tax set to be frozen for third year

COUNCIL tax in the Selby district is likely to be frozen for the third year running, despite the authority calling for a rise just weeks ago.

The authority is also set to delay proposals to introduce a £26 charge for emptying green bins.

In December, The Press revealed the council would increase the council tax after it declined an offer for funding from the Government equal to one per cent, but yesterday, the authority announced it had made sufficient savings in the last three years to allow another council tax freeze.

Council leader Mark Crane said: “Times remain tough. Although inflation has come down recently, wages remain subdued and older people are getting less return on their savings, and that means the pound in your pocket doesn’t go as far.

“We’ve made massive changes to how we do things which has delivered significant savings.

“That’s put us in a strong financial position compared to many.

“And that means we’re able to propose a ‘no change’ to council tax and no charges for green waste at the moment.

“That’s something we’ll look at in more detail later in the year.”

If the budget proposal is accepted, council tax will remain at the same level as it has since 2010, with the average charge £158.88, the equivalent of about £3 per week.

The council has made about £3.8 million in savings since 2010, which means it is capable of maintaining the freeze, and could pass on £26,000 to parish councils to help them cope with changes to the council tax benefit changes due in April.

Councillor Cliff Lunn, executive member for finance and resources, said: “National welfare changes have the potential to have a significant impact on parish councils, so the district council is providing this one-off funding to give them additional time to make the savings they need to balance their books in the future.”

More work is set to take place on possible charges for green waste in future, but the decision on freezing council tax will go before full council on February 26.

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9:39am Tue 12 Feb 13

Madasanibbotson says...

Is that the same Selby that JA on the radio last week said were going to increase the Council Tax ?
JA foot in mouth again.
Is that the same Selby that JA on the radio last week said were going to increase the Council Tax ? JA foot in mouth again. Madasanibbotson
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11:27am Tue 12 Feb 13

Northern bloke says...

Are people so daft as to think a freeze in council tax is a good thing? It just means more cuts, less services. Simple economics, you get what you pay for.
The politicians who look for praise for not increasing the tax , are laughing all the way to their expenses claim. Pulled the wool over people's eyes yet again.
WAKE UP PEOPLE . If you want good service you need to pay for it.
Are people so daft as to think a freeze in council tax is a good thing? It just means more cuts, less services. Simple economics, you get what you pay for. The politicians who look for praise for not increasing the tax , are laughing all the way to their expenses claim. Pulled the wool over people's eyes yet again. WAKE UP PEOPLE . If you want good service you need to pay for it. Northern bloke
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12:08pm Tue 12 Feb 13

ReginaldBiscuit says...

Northern bloke wrote:
Are people so daft as to think a freeze in council tax is a good thing? It just means more cuts, less services. Simple economics, you get what you pay for.
The politicians who look for praise for not increasing the tax , are laughing all the way to their expenses claim. Pulled the wool over people's eyes yet again.
WAKE UP PEOPLE . If you want good service you need to pay for it.
I agree with what you say but the Southern shandy drinking softy in your argument is that you can't take your business elsewhere if the service is cra p.
[quote][p][bold]Northern bloke[/bold] wrote: Are people so daft as to think a freeze in council tax is a good thing? It just means more cuts, less services. Simple economics, you get what you pay for. The politicians who look for praise for not increasing the tax , are laughing all the way to their expenses claim. Pulled the wool over people's eyes yet again. WAKE UP PEOPLE . If you want good service you need to pay for it.[/p][/quote]I agree with what you say but the Southern shandy drinking softy in your argument is that you can't take your business elsewhere if the service is cra p. ReginaldBiscuit
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12:24pm Tue 12 Feb 13

emen says...

Northern bloke wrote:
Are people so daft as to think a freeze in council tax is a good thing? It just means more cuts, less services. Simple economics, you get what you pay for.
The politicians who look for praise for not increasing the tax , are laughing all the way to their expenses claim. Pulled the wool over people's eyes yet again.
WAKE UP PEOPLE . If you want good service you need to pay for it.
I'd suggest that paying the best part of £1600 a year for an average band D property is "paying for it".
[quote][p][bold]Northern bloke[/bold] wrote: Are people so daft as to think a freeze in council tax is a good thing? It just means more cuts, less services. Simple economics, you get what you pay for. The politicians who look for praise for not increasing the tax , are laughing all the way to their expenses claim. Pulled the wool over people's eyes yet again. WAKE UP PEOPLE . If you want good service you need to pay for it.[/p][/quote]I'd suggest that paying the best part of £1600 a year for an average band D property is "paying for it". emen
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1:24pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Pete the Brickie says...

Northern bloke wrote:
Are people so daft as to think a freeze in council tax is a good thing? It just means more cuts, less services. Simple economics, you get what you pay for.
The politicians who look for praise for not increasing the tax , are laughing all the way to their expenses claim. Pulled the wool over people's eyes yet again.
WAKE UP PEOPLE . If you want good service you need to pay for it.
That's down to the individual councils, but our government is encouraging them to cut waste and maintain services. Going by this report and the fact I live in Selby and would notice any real differences it would appear COYC could learn a thing from Selby.
[quote][p][bold]Northern bloke[/bold] wrote: Are people so daft as to think a freeze in council tax is a good thing? It just means more cuts, less services. Simple economics, you get what you pay for. The politicians who look for praise for not increasing the tax , are laughing all the way to their expenses claim. Pulled the wool over people's eyes yet again. WAKE UP PEOPLE . If you want good service you need to pay for it.[/p][/quote]That's down to the individual councils, but our government is encouraging them to cut waste and maintain services. Going by this report and the fact I live in Selby and would notice any real differences it would appear COYC could learn a thing from Selby. Pete the Brickie
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7:57pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Paul Meoff says...

Surely this is due to the overheads and expectations in the 3rd world be lower than those in civilisation.
Surely this is due to the overheads and expectations in the 3rd world be lower than those in civilisation. Paul Meoff
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9:03pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Northern bloke says...

All I am saying is politicians ( local & national) like to be seen to lower or freeze all forms of tax. They think it helps them get re elected. When in fact society in general would benefit more from fully funded services
All I am saying is politicians ( local & national) like to be seen to lower or freeze all forms of tax. They think it helps them get re elected. When in fact society in general would benefit more from fully funded services Northern bloke
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