Freeze on council tax and parking charges set to be confirmed

PUBLISHED: 16:34 08 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:35 08 February 2013

Nick Daubney, Leader of West Norfolk Borough Council

Nick Daubney, Leader of West Norfolk Borough Council

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KING’S Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council have been asked by cabinet to approve a freeze on their element of the council tax bill when they meet on February 21.

This would mean the Borough Council’s element of the council tax bill will be set at £111.97 per annum, for a Band D property.

Cllr Nick Daubney, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources, speaking before the council, said: “I am pleased to be recommending to council that we freeze our portion of the council tax bill again.

“We have always undertaken to keep any increase at or below the rate of inflation and our performance in this area has meant that for the average Band D household, council tax has increased by only 3 per cent in the last 8 years.”

The council will be asked to hold car park charges at the same level, continue with the three hours for the price of two initiative and to carry on with the removal of the evening charge in Hunstanton.

It will also be recommended that they approve a budget of £100,000 to fund a series of car park promotions throughout the year.

The council has made adjustments to council tax charges for second homes and empty properties with a view to encouraging landlords to bring empty properties back into use.

Cllr Daubney added: “This authority continues to play its part in holding down costs to the council tax payer, and our record on keeping council tax down is exemplary. “But standing still isn’t an option. We need to drive forward with initiatives and programmes that will put King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in a good position for the future.

“That means having decent homes for people to live in and having thriving businesses that help support the local economy and provide work for local people. We think that the measures included in our budget for the next three years will help us do just that.”

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