COUNCIL tax bills in the Hambleton district are to be frozen for the third year running.

Hambleton District Council’s cabinet has agreed to accept a Government grant which will allow tax levels to be pegged in 2013/14, The full authority will be asked to ratify the move next week.

Council leader Neville Huxtable said: “Our taxpayers will not be footing the small annual increase and are effectively getting a tax freeze, which is invaluable in this hard financial climate. This strategy means Hambleton is the third lowest-charging authority in the country.”

The cabinet also agreed to pass a £92,000 grant on to parishes in the district which are most affected by welfare changes which will mean people on benefits having to pay council tax for the first time, to avoid the extra cost being levied on residents.