Oxford

Vale of White Horse residents to get council tax freeze

Council taxpayers in parts of Oxfordshire are to have their rates frozen over the next financial year.

The Vale of White Horse District Council will put forward its budget proposals on 23 February for approval.

The Lib Dem-led local authority said it was able to offer the freeze due to cutting a number of services.

In a bid to save £650,000 a year, council staff earning more than £25,000 will forego a pay rise in 2011, agreed by the public sector union Unison.

The council also intends to scrap its 'superloo' public toilets, which will be removed or closed, and not to offer in-house pest control services.

It had proposed to axe recycling sites and the Abbey Meadows pitch and putt centre, but made a U-turn after a public consultation.

Councillor Richard Webber said: "Thanks to the savings we have made over the last few years we have managed to keep any cuts we have been forced to make to an absolute minimum, meaning that residents should experience little or no impact to the services they receive."

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