Hatfield Town Council lauds decision to keep council tax precept the same

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 March 2018

Hatfield Town Council leader Lenny Brandon. Picture: Danny Loo

Hatfield Town Council leader Lenny Brandon. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Hatfield Town Council’s leader has praised the local authority’s decision not to raise its council tax precept for the third year running.

Labour’s Lenny Brandon has said that despite funding cuts from central government, HTC is making its facilities sustainable and is “doing a good job”.

The town and borough councillor also attacked Tory-run Welwyn Hatfield Council over its decision to raise its precept, which he claimed was linked to not getting value for money.

“You only have to look at Finesse and Serco, they outsource the work and do not get very good service.” Cllr Brandon told the WHT.

“We [Hatfield Town Council] are giving the people more than ever event-wise, and we haven’t cut back anything we do at all.”

Tory borough councillor Duncan Bell said WHC froze its precept for eight years running until last year because of the rising costs of providing services.

In that time, he said, the council saved £12million, while its core grant funding was cut by over 63 per cent.

“We also continue to invest in the borough, including spending over £16million to improve Hatfield town centre and make wider regeneration possible,” he added.

“This year’s increase is below the rate of inflation and will see the Band D household paying an average amount of £206.61 for borough council services.”

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