2 per cent Council Tax cut finalised by Uttlesford District Council

12:02 28 February 2014

Uttlesford District Council headquarters on London Road, Saffron Walden.

Uttlesford District Council headquarters on London Road, Saffron Walden.

Archant

Uttlesford residents will be paying two per cent less tax for district council services from April.

The cut in the authority’s share of the Council Tax bill was approved at a meeting of full council last night (Thursday) as part of its budget for 2014/15.

The council’s new Corporate Plan, which sets out strategic aims for the next five years, was also approved.

The two per cent cut follows a one per cent cut last year and two years of freezes before that. Uttlesford District Council has not put Council Tax up since 2010, a real term cut of 15 per cent when inflation is factored in.

The approved budget contains measures to help local businesses including a £25,000 sum for discretionary business rates relief and an increase in funding for voluntary sector organisations and community projects grants.

Other key budget items include funding for improvements to Saffron Walden Castle, a new CCTV scheme in Thaxted, a feasibility study into district car park provision and a new Strategic Initiatives fund which will be invested in projects to benefit local communities.

Leader Jim Ketteridge said: “I am pleased that we are able to deliver this Council Tax cut for our residents while still investing in projects that will bring real benefits to residents and businesses alike.

“The next council year promises to be an exciting time for us and there is a great deal planned that will bring real benefit to the district.”

Cllr Robert Chambers, cabinet member for finance, said: “Officers and members have worked hard to manage our finances and deliver savings across the authority. Uttlesford still has the lowest council tax in Essex and the council continues to be in robust financial health.”

0 comments

58 minutes ago
Two cars were destroyed following the blaze in a communal car park in Shrublands, Saffron Walden.

The peace and quiet of a residential street was shattered in the early hours of yesterday morning after a stolen car was discovered in flames.

11:36
Firefighters were called to a communal car park in Shrublands, Saffron Walden, where they discovered two cars ablaze. One was believed to have been stolen from Dunmow three days ago.

Firefighters attended a blaze in the early hours of this morning, after a car reported to be stolen was set alight at a car park in Saffron Walden.

22 minutes ago
Councillors and officers at last year's celebration marking the opening of the Dunmow Bypass.

Confusion surrounds when the correct signage will be placed on the long-awaited Dunmow bypass – with the latest claim that it might not be until the summer.

29 minutes ago
Firefighters attended a blaze at PrintPack Europe on Radwinter Road, Saffron Walden, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Around fifty staff members are said to have been evacuated this morning from a print works factory in Saffron Walden.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition today E-edition

Most read stories

Most commented stories