Chiefs to consider council tax

DERBYSHIRE authorities are considering council tax rates for the next year.

Chesterfield Borough Council has revealed it is considering a 3.5 per cent council tax hike for 2012 to 2013 in a move aimed at protecting frontline services.

This would mean a 6p per week rise for band A households and 9p for band D – as only ten per cent of the total bill goes to Chesterfield Borough Council with the rest going to Derbyshire County Council and the fire and police service.

A final decision will be made on March 1.

Meanwhile, Derbyshire County Council has confirmed a council tax freeze for the second year running.

Council leader Andrew Lewer said: “We know how hard it is for many families to make ends meet.

“Council tax is one of the biggest bills they get each year and we do not want to make them even bigger.”

Bolsover District Council, NE Derbyshire District Council, Amber Valley District Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council will make decisions later this month.

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