Tory cabinet proposal to freeze council tax for 2019/20 goes a step closer

Thurrock Council Offices

THURROCK Council’s Conservative Cabinet has recommended that a zero per cent council tax increase be considered for next year.

The proposal will now be considered at the corporate overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday 31 January before returning to Cabinet ahead of setting the budget at Full Council on Wednesday 27 February.

Thurrock Council has the lowest council tax rate in Essex and is one of the lowest of all unitary authorities throughout the country. It still maintains a balanced budget for 2019/20, and into the next decade, despite no planned tax increase, with frontline services being given space for significant growth.

Cllr Shane Hebb, Portfolio Holder for Finance, said: “Thanks to all the work that has gone in to our financial planning, we are in a position to propose freezing council tax for the 2019/20 financial year.

“We want to do everything we can to make sure that residents have more cash in their pockets. It’s important to make the most of our healthy financial position by not imposing an increase to the base level of council tax when we don’t absolutely have to.

“Rather than propose to increase council tax by 2.99 per cent or 1.99 per cent, or even one per cent, it is Cabinet’s recommendation to not raise general council tax at all”.

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