Tyne & Wear

Northumberland County Council freezes tax for a second year

Northumberland County Council is freezing council tax for a second year, meaning an additional £3.7m of savings will need to be found in 2013/14.

Council members voted at a meeting to accept a one-off £3.7m government grant and freeze tax for this financial year.

Bosses said it was the "right decision" for the community during "tough economic times".

The authority already has £16.6m of additional savings to make over the coming financial year.

The move means an extra £3.7m will now need to be saved in 2013/14 on top of the £53.4m already expected over the period of 2013/14 to 2015/16.

Councillor Andrew Tebbutt said: "The council understands that many people are facing a squeeze on their finances and that household budgets are under great pressure.

"It is a difficult time for everyone financially and we feel it is important to do all we can to make life easier for residents.

"This decision to accept the government's tax grant does mean we will need to find additional savings further down the line.

"This will undoubtedly be challenging, but these challenges will have to be met and the efficiencies required will continue to be made in a planned way."

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