Freeze on council tax as authority aims to save £38m

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Suffolk County Council has chosen to freeze its share of council tax for the fourth year, despite needing to slash millions of pounds from its budget.

The decision taken by councillors on Thursday regarding the budget for 2014/15, means residents will not pay any more than they did in 2011/12.

However as part of a plan to save £156million – 30 per cent of the council’s annual budget – over the next four years, the authority is looking to save £38.6million in the next 12 months.

Colin Noble, cabinet member for finance, said tough decisions needed to be made.

“Every department within the council understands the financial squeeze on public services and are committed to ensuring these savings are made, whilst trying to protect our much valued front line,” he said.

Among the savings are cuts to adult and community services and children’s centre provision.