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Waveney's council tax pledge

PUBLISHED: 08:20 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:31 05 July 2010

WAVENEY District Council has revealed proposals for a 1.8pc increase in its share of the council tax, but insisted frontline services would not be affected.

WAVENEY District Council has revealed proposals for a 1.8pc increase in its share of the council tax, but insisted frontline services would not be affected.

Council leader Mark Bee last year launched a three-year budget programme and pledged tax hikes would remain within inflation for at least that period.

Revealing the Conservative-run council's latest proposals, Mr Bee said: “It was absolutely paramount that we kept to this. We have gone through all the departments to see where savings can be made and where budgets haven't been spent this year. There will be no cuts to frontline services.

“A lot of this is linked to our enabling agenda and how we can realise efficiencies by having our services provided by outside agencies.”

Mr Bee predicted this year's increase would be the lowest across Suffolk and said the public had been hit by large increases in their bills during the last decade.

“Enough is enough and we at Waveney think we've got to minimise that increase, but maintain value-for-money for services,” he added.

Sally Spore, leader of the opposition Labour group at Waveney, said: “The pledge to keep council tax below inflation is all well and good, but services are clearly going to be affected.”

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