Trio of councils across the Diss Express area announce council tax freezes

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A trio of local authorities have announced council tax freezes for the upcoming year.

Suffolk County Council have not raised their part of the council tax bill for five straight years, and have also identified £38.2 million worth of savings to be made over 2015/16.

A Band D homeowner will pay £1126.53 per year.

Councillor Jenny Antill, cabinet member for Resource Management said: “These are incredibly testing times for local government. In the face of unprecedented cuts to our Revenue Support Grant from Central Government, we need to ensure that front line services at Suffolk County Council, are protected as far as possible.

“In addition, we have a responsibility to ensure that every penny from the tax payer is spent where it is needed most.”

There was also a freeze for Breckland Council’s portion of the bill, £69.03 a year for a Band D homeowner. Leader of Breckland Council Michael Wassell added: “I’m proud that our residents already pay the lowest district council tax in the country and that, through sound management of our finances, we are in a position once more to freeze our council tax charge for the year ahead.”

Council tax for Suffolk Coastal District Council was also frozen for a fifth straight year. A Band D homeowner will pay £149.40 per year.