Shropshire Council’s share of council tax frozen for fifth year running

The Conservative led Shropshire Council has again managed to freeze council tax. Recently Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire Council, was quoted as saying:

“We have worked tremendously hard to make sure that every pound of taxpayers’ hard-earned money that comes to Shropshire Council is spent wisely.

“As well as making sure the council is as efficient and cost-effective as possible, it’s also my job to look at how we can reduce the pressures on people – especially at this time of year when annual bills start to come through the door.

“While we can’t take these away completely, we can do our bit by keeping our share of the council tax as low as possible.

“Since being elected in 2009 council tax has reduced from accounting for 26 per cent of the money spent by the council to just 18 per cent, as part of our ongoing commitment to getting value for money for our residents.

“Today we continue in this vein by agreeing the council’s business plan and financial strategy for the next three years which sets out how we are working to make the most of the funding available and meet our customers’ needs.

“Being able to freeze council tax is particularly important at a time when fuel, food and other costs continue to rise, putting greater strain on all householders in Shropshire.

“We hope that by keeping Shropshire Council’s part of the council tax at the same level as last year, this will go some way to reducing the financial burdens on residents.”