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Council tax frozen in South Gloucestershire Council budget

South Gloucestershire Council is to freeze its council tax next year, for the third time running.

The approval was given by councillors at a meeting in Kingswood as part of the £189m budget for 2013-14.

The authority says it will also become the first in the West to adopt the Living Wage.

The move will see 1,600 of the council's lowest paid workers receive a pay rise, with the hourly rate set at £7.45.

The authority, based north of Bristol, is a hung council, and is governed by a series of cross-party committees.

John Calway, leader of the Conservative group, said he was "delighted" all political parties had agreed to the freeze.

He said: "As a result of this third freeze, the average Band D household will have saved £139 on their council tax bill over three years.

"That's money which is staying in people's pockets to be spent in our local economy and supporting local businesses."

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