Council tax frozen by Poole council

Bournemouth Echo: Council tax frozen by Poole council Council tax frozen by Poole council

COUNCIL tax has been frozen for Poole residents for the fourth year in a row, however they will be paying more in 2014/15.

While Borough of Poole’s part of the council tax will remain frozen at £1,209.60 for a typical Band D property, rises in the police and fire precepts will put it up to £1,463.31.

At the full meeting of Borough of Poole tonight, Conservative council leader Cllr Elaine Atkinson presented the council’s budget and warned there were still difficult times to come.

“The financial challenges ahead of us remain the same,” she said.

“We have taken £43.5million from our budgets in cuts and budget pressures through careful financial monitoring and management since 2010/11.”

She said there had been no budget overspend for 11 consecutive years.

“But we still need to find savings of almost £35m by 2018 – and that excludes the unknown impact of the Care Bill.”

Liberal Democrat leader, Cllr Mike Brooke, a member of the cross-party Star Chamber which meets to discuss the council’s finances, commended the “Liberal Democrat budget”.

Cllr Mark Howell, leader of Poole People blamed the government for, “austerity policies resulting in the degradation of public services.”

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11:12pm Tue 25 Feb 14

peterm8264 says...

have you seen a policeman on the beat lately ,its to pay for their bmw s to sit in comfort and use their mobile phones not to catch criminals
have you seen a policeman on the beat lately ,its to pay for their bmw s to sit in comfort and use their mobile phones not to catch criminals peterm8264
  • Score: 7

11:37pm Tue 25 Feb 14

RM says...

Every incident, however small seems to require 3 or 4 police cars. Perhaps a bit of crime prevention by having bobbies on the beat might be more cost effective.
Every incident, however small seems to require 3 or 4 police cars. Perhaps a bit of crime prevention by having bobbies on the beat might be more cost effective. RM
  • Score: 7

7:21am Wed 26 Feb 14

skydriver says...

Police numbers and fire fighters sadly are being reduced, so why the increase, is it to pay for the police commissioner salary.
So an answer from this council will be interesting.
Police numbers and fire fighters sadly are being reduced, so why the increase, is it to pay for the police commissioner salary. So an answer from this council will be interesting. skydriver
  • Score: 5

9:51am Wed 26 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

£25 per week Council tax. Bargain. Going up to almost £30 per week in 2014/15. The bargains just get better.
We are all bottomless pockets.
£25 per week Council tax. Bargain. Going up to almost £30 per week in 2014/15. The bargains just get better. We are all bottomless pockets. BIGTONE
  • Score: 1

10:15am Wed 26 Feb 14

Tonytolle says...

My council tax in Spain ,on a 4 bed detached house is 300 euros per annum ,and the rubbish is collected every day, Few offices and officers in the Town Hall ,and no large salaries there ,that's how it's done.
My council tax in Spain ,on a 4 bed detached house is 300 euros per annum ,and the rubbish is collected every day, Few offices and officers in the Town Hall ,and no large salaries there ,that's how it's done. Tonytolle
  • Score: 3

7:48pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

“We have taken £43.5million from our budgets in cuts and budget pressures through careful financial monitoring and management since 2010/11.”
If you can find that much in savings by cutting the deadwood it suggests to me that everybody has been over paying council tax for quite a few years.
“We have taken £43.5million from our budgets in cuts and budget pressures through careful financial monitoring and management since 2010/11.” If you can find that much in savings by cutting the deadwood it suggests to me that everybody has been over paying council tax for quite a few years. Hessenford
  • Score: -1

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