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Staffordshire County Council makes council tax commitment

The leader of Staffordshire County Council has urged other public bodies to follow the authority’s lead and implement a “zero per cent increase” in council tax bills.

A meeting of the council’s cabinet gave Lichfield and Burntwood residents some idea of what their bills will look like next year.

Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins

Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins

And Cllr Philip Atkins has called on other bodies to follow suit and help families already feeling the pinch.

He explained:

“At a time when resident’s finances are under pressure this will give people confidence to plan for the future. It will help families and local businesses. We are doing this now to reassure local residents. The county council is financially strong.

“We are successfully driving down costs and we are in a stable position. We have been working hard to ensure the essential services needed to support our families, communities and the county’s prosperity are protected. We are taking a business-like approach to spending which has made this decision achievable.

“We strongly urge all other public bodies such as district and borough councils, police authority and fire service in Staffordshire to follow our lead.”

Cllr Atkins has promised residents that the council will not be targeting vital services as it looks to cut its cloth in the wake of widespread government cuts.

But he admitted the authority was being forced to make tough decisions.

He added:

“We are meeting the financial challenges that were left as the legacy of previous governments and administrations that included the doubling of council tax over the previous 13 years.

“In the future the county council will be a smaller, more efficient organisation. Residents however can be assured that vital services will be protected and we will continue to ensure their voices are heard.”

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