Council tax freeze for East Cambs

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Councillors in East Cambridgeshire have agreed a council tax freeze despite the financial pressure created by the on-going reduction in government funding.

But council leader and Soham councillor James Palmer sounded a warning that the Ely-based auhority would face some difficult decisions in the future.

“While we are in a strong position now, we can and should not be complacent as we approach the challenges of the future. In the next few years, we will have to manage a budget which will become smaller. Our task is to manage the money we have to best deliver the services our residents need.

“This won’t be easy and we know there will be difficult decisions which we must make in the months ahead, but our aim is to ensure East Cambridgeshire District Council is fit for purpose and able to justify every penny we spend on behalf of our residents.”

He said it was to the council’s credit that it had been able to freeze this yera’s tax demand. “The budget has been built on prudence, hard work and diligence – to ensure we are able to give the best value for money for our residents.”