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Residents to benefit from further tax freeze

BSTC - 20th January 2012

At Wednesday evening's full council meeting, Bradley Stoke Town Council voted to freeze the precept charge on residents' council tax bills for the second successive year. The vote which sees the charge on a Band D property remain at 113.50 for 2011/12 is the third such freeze in four years.

Commenting on the freeze Cllr Roger Avenin (Con, Baileys Court) Chair of the Finance Committee said: "We continue to find ourselves in uncertain economic times and many residents' household budgets are under pressure. As a council we're here to support the community and it simply wouldn't be right to ask hard working families to pay any more this year."

Councillors are also keen to point out that services aren't under threat with Town Mayor, Cllr Ben Walker commenting: "We're not making cuts, we're still providing for the community, we're just focusing very hard on doing everything we can as efficiently as possible. Our youth budget for example has been maintained but it has been opened up to a wider variety of organisations than ever before so we can support a diverse range of activities for young people of all ages."