Council tax freeze for Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 06:30 29 December 2011 | UPDATED: 09:59 29 December 2011

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COUNCIL tax is set to be frozen for the third consecutive year by Welwyn Hatfield Council, which is aiming to slash another £2m from the budget.

Scrapping all funding for two police community support officers, doubling the cost of hardstandings and increasing the price of burials, are just a few of the measures to plug the funding gap.

The draft general fund budget will be discussed by the council’s cabinet next Tuesday (January 3), before it is scrutinised by cross-party committees.

Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Police Authority and the various town and parish councils will also add their precepts before final bills are announced next year.

In a report to cabinet, finance manager Ka Ng stated: “The priority has always been, where possible, to safeguard frontline services, but inevitably there has been some difficult decisions, which will result in some changes to services for our residents, customers and business.

“The council is on course to deliver out £3m savings programme for 2011/12 and officers have identified savings proposals to deliver a further £2m of efficiencies for 2012/2013.

“It’s important to note these are sizeable sums for a district council and sets out the council’s ambition to deliver better value for money in its services.”

Inspector for Welwyn Hatfield, Ian Grout, said: “We are aware of the proposals put forward and are working closely with Welwyn Hatfield Council at this time. We await the final decision by full council and will take appropriate action once this has been made.”

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