Council tax freeze is hit with Minister

West Norfolk Council has been praised by Local Government Minister Ed Pickles for freezing its Council Tax bill.

The council announced this week that despite a fall in Government funding, Council Tax levels would remain unchanged.

Welcoming the news, Mr Pickles' office said yesterday that the council's actions proved the tax can be kept low while continuing to provide essential services.

'This shows that local authorities can keep taxes down and protect frontline services.

'Driving down the nation's defecit is the Government's biggest priority but we have made sure that extra money is available to protect the public from Council Tax rises offering real help to hard working families and pensioners,' he said.

The council has also frozen car parking charges in the borough-owned facilities and pledged to retain weekly bin collections.

Some 99 posts will be lost because of cuts, but only two or three as a result of compulsory redundancy. Budget figures for the next financial year are due to be ratified by its cabinet on February 8.

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