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Council Tax Frozen for 2010/2011

Published Friday, 26 February 2010

Council Tax bills are to be frozen for the coming year after councillors approved the 2010/2011 budget at this week’s full Council meeting.

Despite falling income, Enfield Council is able to freeze bills for residents in this difficult economic climate as a result of reducing the costs of services by £16m and focusing on residents' priorities.  

Enfield Council Leader Cllr Mike Rye said "We remain committed to providing excellent services and value for money.  The improvements in our services are being recognised by local people but we continue to invest further in residents' priorities.  For instance we have spent £13m on improving Enfield's roads and pavements, supported 3,850 older people to live independently in the community, improved school performance and invested in leisure and cultural facilities over the last 12 months.

"In response to resident consultation this year's budget will enable further investment in the areas that matter to local people such as adult social care (£6m), roads and pavements, child protection and youth services."

Enfield Council is able to freeze the Council Tax this year as a result of a comprehensive programme to reduce costs whilst protecting front line services.

Ertan Hurer, Cabinet Member for Finance said "Enfield continues to have one of the lowest levels of Council Tax in outer London.  This year we will deliver £16m of savings enabling us to meet increased demand and costs whilst at the same time recognising that the recession has impacted on our residents.

"We have delivered these savings through reducing bureaucracy and support costs, improved debt management, better procurement and contract management and investing in preventative services."

Mike Rye said "With this Council Tax freeze, we are confident we have got the balance right between keeping council tax among the lowest in outer London and delivering quality services."

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