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SDC council tax frozen for another year

Stratford Editorial 27th Feb, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

STRATFORD District Council’s proportion of the Council Tax bill has been frozen for another year.

The decision not to increase the bill, which amounts to around ten per cent of the overall total, was taken by councillors earlier this week.

The average Band D figure for Stratford District Council households in the 2015/16 financial year will remain at £128.05 – the lowest in the county and a net reduction over the previous five years.

It means the services currently provided by the district council – including recycling and waste collection, planning, street sweeping, housing, housing benefits, leisure services and children’s play areas – cost £2.46 per week for a Band D household.

And the freeze comes despite the authority receiving 13.4 per cent (£639,650) less in core government grant funding.

Warwickshire Country Council – which accounts for some 80 per cent of the total bill – recently voted to have a 1.95 per cent increase while Warwickshire Police, which accounts for the remaining ten per cent, has agreed a 1.99 per cent hike from April.

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