Council tax will be frozen for 2021/22 following an announcement at Ashfield District Council’s Cabinet meeting today.
The recommendation which also needs approval from full Council in March before coming into effect, will see the District Council’s portion of the Council Tax frozen. Making Ashfield the only District or Borough Council in England to freeze their council tax.
Despite ongoing cuts in funding Ashfield District Council has a proven track record of setting its annual budget and delivering services within the budget set. Through savings, efficiencies and income generation Ashfield District Council is able to propose a freeze to its Council Tax for the next 12 months.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said “We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer this Council Tax freeze to the residents of Ashfield. We know how hard the pandemic has hit many residents in the District and freezing the council tax will have a real positive impact on their lives.
“We have worked extra hard to ensure no cuts to services or staffing. Throughout the pandemic we have delivered all our front-line services, as well as additional services including the BIG Spring Clean. We continue with our £1.8m investment in play areas and recently announced a new Environmental Enforcement team to tackle dog fouling and littering in the District. We are delivering this through smart savings and with no additional pressure on Council services, including not reducing the Council’s general reserve.”