Uttlesford Tories set to cut council precept by 3%

Uttlesford District Council headquarters on London Road, Saffron Walden.

Uttlesford District Council headquarters on London Road, Saffron Walden. - Credit: Archant

The ruling Conservative group at Uttlesford District Council (UDC) has proposed to slash the authority’s portion of Council Tax by 3 per cent ahead of the upcoming election.

It follows cuts in the past two years and means that, in real terms, UDC has reduced its tax burden by 16.2 per cent over a four-year period.

The authority’s precept is the lowest of all district councils in Essex.

Cabinet member for finance, Robert Chambers, said: “The council’s finances are healthy and the balance sheet strong following eight years of prudent financial management.

“This is the third year we have reduced Council Tax and it is important that everyone benefits from our strong position. We have built the reserves to a sustainable level and this has enabled the council to invest in key community projects as well as support the voluntary sector at record levels.”

Leader of the council, Howard Rolfe, added: “The administration’s core objective is for Uttlesford to deliver high quality, good value services and to respect the requirements of its residents. Today’s announcement will help maintain the delivery of this objective.”