Somerset Tories pledge to freeze council tax

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Somerset Conservatives have pledged to freeze council tax for four years and inject an extra £10m into council services.

They made the commitment in Bridgwater as they launched their campaign for the county council elections in May.

They swept the Liberal Democrats from power four years ago and have since put through over a £100m worth of cuts.

Council leader John Osman said the Conservatives had a "really positive message to send to the residents".

He said: "We've fixed more potholes than ever before with 83,000 filled and we've resurfaced and built more roads than ever before.

"We've had a loss of £94m of our funding and it is regrettable that we've had to make savings, but the vulnerable adults and children are still cared for and we still provide vital services - library, youth and children centres."

He added the council was due to spend £38m on capital projects, such as building roads and schools, in Somerset for the next financial year.

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