Council tax set to be frozen in East Riding

Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE at Bridlington Harbour.
Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE at Bridlington Harbour.

COUNCIL tax levels in the East Riding look set to be frozen for the third year running.

The move has been recommended by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s cabinet and is expected to be agreed at a full council meeting being held today.

But final confirmation of the figures may have to wait as the Humberside Police precept is set to go before the Police Crime Panel for approval – after police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove announced he intended to freeze the precept as well.

Subject to full council approval today, it means that a Band A household in the East Riding will pay £808.13 for services provided by the council. A Band D property will pay £1,212.20 from April.

Humberside Fire Authority is also expected to freeze its precept charge for the coming year.

Bridlington Town Council also agreed to freeze their precept level – at £15 per household for a Band D property – for the 2013/14 year meaning Bridlington residents are likely to pay the same level of tax this year.

East Riding Council leader Councillor Stephen Parnaby said freezing the authority’s share of the council tax had been made possible through a one-off £1.4m grant from the Government.

As well as the council tax freeze, the cabinet also agreed to recommend a budget with £25m worth of savings proposals – with the majority of proposed staffing savings coming from not filling vacant posts.

Some fees and charges for council services are also being increased to generate cash.

A 2.9% increase in prices at leisure centres will be phased in over two years, while cemetery charges will rise 3% from April.

Rents at markets run by the council will also go up by 3%.

Government funding to the council has reduced by £16.1m since 2010 as a result of a squeeze on public spending with a further £31.2m of funding cuts expected over the next two years.