Wyre intends to freeze council tax next year

Peter Gibson
Peter Gibson

Wyre Council intends to freeze council tax in the next financial year (2012/13) following the government’s announcement that it will provide financial support to local authorities who don’t increase their rates.

Council leader Coun Peter Gibson (pictured), said “The council is determined to freeze council tax next year and pass on this saving to residents.

“We hope that it will go some way to helping people across Wyre during continuing tough times.”

“Wyre has adapted immensely over the past 12 months. We have found new ways to operate more efficiently while at the same time protecting services and facilities that matter most to people.

“We have listened as communities have told us what is important to them, so that we can target money to where it’s needed most.

“We intend to build on this in the future in order to continue providing a first rate service to our residents.”

Councils which freeze council tax next year will receive grant funding, equivalent to a 2.5 per cent increase.

Savings of more than £1 million have been made by Wyre this year through organisational restructures, changes to working practices and new initiatives with the private sector.

The council says the savings were achieved without making cuts to frontline services – and the council says it is committed to continuing to provide the best possible value for money to residents.

Future savings are expected at Wyre Council as a result of a number of initiatives including bringing street cleaning services in-house and a new waste contract, due in next year.

The council says further engagement with the private sector will also play a key role in improving cost efficiency, particularly in the operation of community facilities.