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Borough Council freezes Council Tax

Published Friday 24th February 2012

Average Council Tax levels in Rugby borough will be frozen for a third consecutive year after Rugby Borough Council set its budget for 2012/13 in a meeting last night (Thursday).

This means that an average Band D property will pay £187.18 for the Borough Council's share of Council Tax.

In spite of a cut of around 15 per cent in the funding the council will receive from the government next year, the meeting heard that the council is improving services while reducing costs, and is resilient and well-equipped to respond to challenges.

Cllr Craig Humphrey, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, also announced:

  • Funding for the new Queen's Diamond Jubilee leisure centre and a new crematorium, subject to planning approval.
  • Apprenticeships at the council's Works Services Unit.
  • £1 million for the launch of a Local Authority Mortgage Scheme - enough to get up to 50 first time buyers onto the property ladder and which could trigger a further 350 transactions.
  • Free parking at weekends in the council's Newbold Road car park, for a trial period of three months from 1 April.
  • Moving In grants to incentivise businesses to open in the town centre, and the council will again support the Rugby Festival of Culture, to encourage footfall.
  • The borough will join a scheme to roll out high speed broadband to rural areas, with an investment of £246,000.
  • The Community Safety Partnership will receive additional funding to protect the excellent work it is doing.

Cllr Craig Humphrey, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: "The budget we are proposing is both prudent and balanced with no overall tax increase and allows us to continue on the path to delivering our corporate priorities whilst sustaining our financial position over the medium term.

"We will never duck tough decisions, and we do understand how much of a burden that Council Tax can be for hard working families.

"A freeze in Council Tax for a third year is unprecedented and will I am sure be welcomed by the people of Rugby."

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