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Council Tax freeze for Mansfield

Residents in Mansfield won't pay a penny more for District Council services next year after councillors voted to freeze Council Tax for 2012/2013.

The Full Council voted to accept the budget put forward by Portfolio Holder for Resources and Deputy Mayor Cllr Roger Sutcliffe at their meeting yesterday (25 January).

The decision means that residents will pay no more for District Council services for the second consecutive year and bills will remain at:

  • Band A - £123.15
  • Band B - £143.67
  • Band C - £164.20
  • Band D - £184.72
  • Band E - £225.77
  • Band F - £266.82
  • Band G - £307.87
  • Band H - £369.44

Councillors opted to take a Council Tax Freeze grant of £147,000 from the government, rather than increase Council Tax levels.

In response to comments made by shoppers and businesses, a one hour charge will be re-introduced in a number of the Council's car parks across Mansfield town centre. The reduced price two hour ticket, which came into force last year, will remain at specified car parks. For people making a flying visit into town, they can still park free of charge for up to half an hour at the car parks to the rear of the Old Town Hall and on Queen Street. The aim is to attract more people to the town centre to help stimulate business.

The budget also reflects the council's commitment to boost the local economy and sets aside £200,000 to enhance apprenticeship opportunities, working with local businesses and partners, and support undergraduates and graduates to secure employment.  In addition, £138,000 has been earmarked for further economic intervention within the District which is aimed at limiting the impact which has resulted from the current economic climate.

Councillors also agreed a number of efficiency and income generation measures to plug a £3.14million gap in the council's budget caused by a reduced income from car parking, building regulations and property lettings due to the economic climate. Bank interest rates have stayed lower for longer than previously predicted meaning the Council is getting less return on its investments. Central Government grants were also reduced more than initially predicted.

Councillors voted to introduce an annual charge of £25 (just under 50p per week) for the garden waste collection service. This will allow the Council to roll out the service to around 6,500 households across the District, who have not previously been able to access the service. The new opt-in service will be available year round, which is an extension to the current eight month service. The charges will allow the Council to protect the service. All homes across the District will receive a leaflet in coming weeks detailing the scheme and how to sign up to receive the service.

Cllr Roger Sutcliffe, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Deputy Mayor, said: "This Budget is set in some of the most economic challenging times and reflects Mansfield District Council's commitment to protect the residents and businesses of the District. Hard decisions have had to be made but we have endeavoured to give residents choice as to how they spend their money while encouraging them to shop in Mansfield. It has been a cross party budget, supported by the Select Commission scrutiny."The total Council Tax for Mansfield District residents will be formalised on 6 March when the precepts for Notts County Council, Notts Police Authority, Notts Fire Authority and Warsop Parish Council (for Warsop residents) are added to the total bill. These precepts are set by each organisation, not Mansfield District Council.

Published 26 January 2012

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