Council tax freeze

COUNCILLORS in Chesterfield have voted to freeze council tax for the coming year.

The freeze was approved at a full meeting of Chesterfield Borough Council, following a consultation with residents.

The council had initially considered a 3.5 per cent increase, but will now receive a council tax freeze grant from the government equivalent to a 2.5 per cent increase.

Councillor John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said: “We’ve had several weeks to debate this issue with residents and the feedback we’ve received over this time has been mixed.

“Some have agreed with the majority view expressed at the January Council Taxpayers Consultation event that we should implement a 3.5% increase.

“Overall, however, people have told us they favour a freeze on council Tax as many households are suffering financially.”