Forest Heath to freeze Council Tax for sixth consecutive year

Forest Heath Council office in Mildenhall

Forest Heath Council office in Mildenhall - Credit: Archant

A West Suffolk council is looking to freeze its share of Council Tax for the sixth year running.

James Waters

James Waters - Credit: Archant

James Waters, leader of Forest Heath District Council, will ask members to keep the levy at its current level when they meet to set the council's budget on February 27.

Mr Waters said: 'We accomplish a huge amount with the share of Council Tax that comes to Forest Heath. Despite some really tough financial times – including having our Government revenue support grant cut nearly in half over the past couple of years – we are delivering great services that people really value and working hard for those who live and work in the district.

'There are some huge challenges ahead but I am confident we are well-placed to meet them without needing to raise Council Tax further which is why I will be asking councillors to support a freeze.''

Following changes to the way councils are being funded by Government, Forest Heath is looking to cut costs by changing the way it delivers services and also by increasing income, including looking for commercial opportunities.

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It already works in partnership with neighbouring St Edmundsbury Borough Council as 'West Suffolk'.

Both councils keep their individual identities and councillors but have a shared workforce which provides services across West Suffolk and currently delivers savings in excess of £3.5 million a year across the two councils.

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Mr Waters added: 'Working as West Suffolk means we can make our voice heard among those who make the big financial decisions and that is a real benefit for the local economy in Forest Heath.

'Along with creating jobs, homes and all that goes with them we are committed to making life better for our families and communities.'

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