Hoping for tax freeze

On 21 February, the Full Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council will be asked to approve a freeze on the borough council’s element of the council tax bill, as recommended by Cabinet on 5 February.

Cllr Nick Daubney, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources, speaking prior to the meeting, said: “I am pleased to be recommending to Council that we freeze our portion of the council tax bill again. We have always undertaken to keep any increase at or below the rate of inflation and our performance in this area has meant that for the average Band D household, council tax has increased by only 3% in the last 8 years.”

If approved by Full Council on 21 February, the Borough Council’s element of the council tax bill will be £111.97 per annum, for a Band D property.

Full Council will also be asked to hold car park charges at the same level, to continue with the three hours for the price of two initiative, and to continue with the removal of the evening charge in Hunstanton. They will also be asked to approve a budget of £100,000 to fund a series of car park promotions throughout the year.

The budget presented to Full Council shows that the books have been balanced for 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 due to the early action taken by the council to identify savings and efficiencies. There is however a projected shortfall that will come about in 2016/17 for which work is already underway looking at shared working, partnership working and the sale of services to other authorities.

Cllr Daubney confirmed that, despite the challenging economic climate, the focus remains on encouraging and supporting business growth and ensuring that there is a supply of suitable housing for people to live in.