By Cheshire East council - 27th January 2012 7:03am
Cheshire East proposes to freeze Council Tax bills — despite austere economic times.
The Leader of Cheshire East Council announced the Cabinet's intention to freeze residents' Council Tax bills for the second year running.
The decision comes despite the continued reductions in government grants, increasing cost pressures and potential changes to the Council's funding arrangements.
At a meeting, Cheshire East Leader Councillor Wesley Fitzgerald proposed to freeze the authority's Council Tax — which would be facilitated by a grant of £4.5m from central government.
The council also said: "There is near universal understanding that parish and town councils can provide services best suited to their local communities to give optimum impact on the local environment.
"Due to the proposed Council Tax freeze for the coming year, and to address the costs of the non-parished areas of Crewe and Macclesfield, Cheshire East Council will pay a grant to all parish and town councils, proportionate to the number of average Band D households within individual parishes.
"This means it is proposed that the people of Cheshire East will see no increase in their Borough portion of their Council Tax bills due from this April."
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