Coin PileA freeze in council tax for 13/14 was announced at today’s full council meeting of Hertfordshire County Council (HCC).

Liberal Democrat Chells county councillor, Robin Parker, who is also a borough councillor on Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) commented:

“Whilst naturally welcoming the freezing of council tax again, it should be pointed out that the coalition government will be increasing the grant paid to all local councils by an amount equivalent to raising council tax by 1%, as long as the council freezes council tax.”

“This is the third year running that the coalition government have offered councils such a deal; in recent previous years in which the coalition have been in power (for 11/12 and 12/13) the grant increased by an amount equivalent to a 2.5% rise in council tax.”

“So, at least some of the credit for the council tax freeze should go to the coalition government, for recognising the pressures that household budgets are under at this time.”

“HCC collects about 78% of the council tax. it remains to be seen whether or not SBC (which takes about 12% of local council tax) or the Police Commissioner (elected on 15.11.2012, who takes about 10% of the local council tax) can also deliver a freeze for Stevenage residents. It is likely that we will not know for certain until some time in February.”

Cllr. Robin Parker C.C.