Council tax to be frozen again

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

Residents will be able to have their say on the future of Calderdale Council’s budget proposals as cabinet approved plans to freeze council tax for a second year.

The announcement will allow the council to qualify for the Government’s Council Tax Freeze Grant.

The draft proposals, which were revealed at a cabinet meeting, outline the priorities for the year ahead.

The proposals include providing an additional investment of £500,000 to improve local heritage and cultural assets, to boost tourism and economic growth.

This will be strengthened by a £200,000 contribution to the Economic Investment Fund to promote local job opportunities in tourism and business development.

Leader of Calderdale Council, Coun Stephen Baines, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to freeze council tax for a further year, as we know that anything we can do to help keep bills down will be welcomed.

“It’s also vital that we do all that we can to help our local businesses. Our proposals will provide additional investment to help create jobs and stimulate growth to support our local economy.

“We will also invest in and protect our historic landmarks which are so important to our residents and which attract visitors from far and wide, providing vital support to our tourism industry.”

The budget proposals cover the next three financial years, from 2015/16 to 2017/18.

The council has already consulted on the savings plans for the financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17, as part of the budget process in 2013 and 2014. A public consultation will be held before finalising the plans for 2017/18.

One of these consultations will take place on January 28 at the Mulberry Suite, Brighouse High Sixth Form, at 6.30pm. It will form part of the ward forum meeting.

The budget proposals for 2015/16 are available at www.calderdale.gov.uk/budget.

Views can also be submitted via email to budget@calderdale.gov.uk or by post to Budget Consultation, Licence number RTJK-SCKU-XGCL, Town Hall, Halifax, HX1 1UJ (no stamp required).

All responses will be considered before the final recommendations are made by the Cabinet on Monday February 9 with the final decisions will be taking place at the Annual Budget Council meeting on February 23 at Halifax Town Hall.