Budget vote guarantees Welwyn Hatfield tax freeze

PUBLISHED: 17:30 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:43 08 March 2016

Cllr Alan Franey, deputy leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council

Cllr Alan Franey, deputy leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council


Borough councillors voted through Welwyn Hatfield's budget last night, confirming a freeze in council tax.

Although the county council will be imposing a 4.99 per cent rise in 2016/17, Welwyn Hatfield Council’s precept will be frozen at £196.61 for a Band D home.

The Conservative-controlled authority’s budget includes funding for includes an extra grass-cut, and £30million capital investment on projects such as affordable housing. improving Stanborough Park and tregeneration of Hatfield town centre.

Councillor Alan Franey, deputy leader and cabinet resources chief, said: “In the face of continued public sector austerity, we are delivering a balanced budget, thanks to careful financial management, finding efficiency savings, reducing costs and generating new sources of income.

“We are continually looking for new ways to fund and improve services, and I’m delighted to announce a budget that invests in our communities, delivers new initiatives, protects frontline services and freezes council tax for another year.”

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