Monday, 11 February 2013

Stephen Metcalfe MP welcomes Basildon Council’s Tax Freeze

Having called for a freeze on numerous occasions, Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has welcomed Basildon Council’s decision to freeze Council Tax for another year.

This latest move will mean that residents are in real terms paying less than they were three years ago.

Mr Metcalfe commented: “This is great news for Basildon residents. Under the previous Labour Government, Council Tax in Basildon more than doubled. This Conservative led council is committed to ensuring that this does not happen again so that more money is in people’s pockets where it rightly belongs.”

Residents living in a Band D property will once again pay £252.81 towards the borough’s portion of this year’s overall Council tax. This will be added to the amounts set by Essex county council, Essex Fire Authority and The Essex Police Authority to give the total Council Tax Paid – which last year was £1538.

Stephen Metcalfe has also praised Basildon Council for their stringent fiscal policies which have made the freeze possible.

He said: “I must congratulate Basildon Council on being able to deliver this freeze. They started making savings in 2008 and this has put them in a strong position now, and for the future.

“Fortunately, because the Council has planned ahead, Labour have not been able to do to Basildon what they did to the country.”

“I now hope that Thurrock Council, Essex County Council and the Fire and Police Authorities will also follow suit and freeze their proportion of Council Tax, giving hard pressed Council Tax payer a well earned respite from ever increasing rises.”