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Council Tax stays frozen

Waltham Forest residents will see their Council Tax frozen for the sixth year running, as the local authority continues to do its bit to help keep household bills down.



The decision was made at last night’s Full Council Meeting (5 March 2015), where councillors set a balanced budget of £381.56million for the next financial year.



Leader of Waltham Forest Council, Chris Robbins, said: “We know that times are tough for our residents and despite Government cuts to our funding we want to do everything we can to support you and your family.



“We want to limit passing on this financial burden, and we are focussed on changing the way we work and making better use of what we have to protect your front-line services.



“That is why we are freezing Council Tax yet again and prioritising the services that you have told us matter most to you.”



Over the next year the Council will continue its work to keep neighbourhoods clean and safe, build a strong local economy and thriving town centres and to help residents enjoy a better quality of life.



Supporting affordable housing is another top priority, with 12,000 new homes planned for the borough between 2014 and 2020.



The Council remains committed to funding the Freedom Pass scheme, which costs over £9million a year, and more than 60,000 under 18s and senior citizens will continue to enjoy free swimming in the borough.



In addition, funding has also been confirmed for a number of new initiatives which were previously announced in the Leader’s autumn statement, including the creation of a Children Who Care Charter, £500,000 for a new credit union facility and an additional £750,000 for the Council Tax Support Scheme, to support residents who are struggling with their monthly bills.



For more information on the Council’s priorities visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/council-priorities or phone 020 8396 3000.

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