Enough is enough: Salford Mayor fights to freeze council tax as Government cuts make residents ‘suffer’

By Mancunian Matters staff

Council tax in Salford is to be frozen for the fourth year running, despite planned increases across the country.

With a zero percent council tax increase for 2013/14, the average Band D council tax will remain at £1,326.31 a year – the same as it has been since April 2009.

The announcement by Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart comes as welcome news for the area’s 107,564 council tax payers.

Mr Stewart said: “Local people have suffered enough through government cuts in welfare and council tax benefits, the appalling Bedroom Tax, the arrival of Universal Credit and government forced rent rises.

“Enough is enough – we simply could not put up the council tax as well. We are trying to cushion the impact of Government policies as much as possible when their austerity measures are hitting working people so hard.

“They have already suffered through £100million Government cuts in council services and the loss of more than 1,200 jobs. Together Government cuts have cost every home in Salford £735.75.

“This fourth year of a council tax freeze is hopefully one bright spot for local people amongst the economic gloom.”

The last council tax increase happened in Salford for 2009/10 and was for 3%.

This year’s fourth successive council tax freeze does not however include the precepts levied on the people of Salford by the Police Commissioner and Fire Authority which are yet to be announced.

The council tax freeze follows on from an earlier decision to increase council house rents for the city’s 9,800 Salix tenants by an average of £3.09 a week.

Salford City Council plans to take advantage of the Government grant available to those Councils freezing their Council Tax from 201314.

The council has also agreed a Local Council Tax Support Scheme designed to protect claimants as much as possible from the Government’s reduction in funding.

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