Wolverhampton City Council has announced that it intends to freeze council tax in 2013/2014 – the fourth year running that households have faced no increase to their bill.
The Council will accept a grant from the Treasury of £946,000 which compensates councils who do not increase council tax at a time when they are also expected to make unprecedented budget cuts.
Council Leader Cllr Roger Lawrence today hailed the decision to freeze council tax as the right thing to do when residents were continuing to face a squeeze on their incomes caused by the sluggish national economy.
However, he did warn that freezing council tax would mean the authority would need to find an additional £1.1million of savings on top of the £100million which is required over the next five years (of which only £33.6million has currently been identified).
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