Council tax to be frozen for next year

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COUNCIL tax rates in Scarborough will be frozen for the second year in a row after councillors voted yesterday to accept the offer of Government funding.

The move brings Scarborough Council in line with North Yorkshire County Council who also voted to accept the one-off freeze grant.

Cllr Jane Kenyon, the council’s finance portfolio holder, said there were two options – to impose a three per cent rise or accept the £220,000 funding and keep rates the same.

She described the offer as a pickled onion – after local government minister Eric Pickles – because it would look nice in the jar but after taking a bite your eyes would water and it would repeat on you.

Cllr Dilys Cluer said that if the freeze was not imposed residents would suffer in future years through “huge cuts”.

She added: “We were told in a Cabinet meeting that the Government was threatening that if we didn’t take the grant that next year it would be reduced proportionately.

“The Government is reducing the ability of councils to raise their own finances and spend as they wish.”