Lib Dems propose further Council Tax Freeze for Stockport

January 29, 2014 10:44 AM

Stockport's Liberal Democrat councillors have announced that they will be proposing a council tax freeze for Stockport Council's 2014/15 budget.

Upon hearing the news, local MP, Mark Hunter commented: Stockport Town Hall

'The Lib Dem councillors' proposal for a further Council Tax freeze is very welcome news for all local residents. While I acknowledge that the freeze will mean some difficult decisions down at the Town Hall, it provides an extra boost to hardworking families - as a party the Lib Dems remain committed to easing the financial burden on the less well off.

Councillor Sue Derbyshire, Leader of the Council and of the Liberal Democrat Group, said:

'This will be the third council tax freeze we have delivered in the past four years, despite the unprecedented financial challenges we continue to face.

"We know local authority finances will get no easier, with almost £60m of savings made since 2010 and over £40m more savings needed between 2015 and 2017. However, we have taken the decision to accept the government's freeze grant this year in the interests of residents, and I call on the other political groups in Stockport to back this freeze."

The Liberal Democrat budget proposals will be formally presented at the Executive meeting on 11th February before being debated and voted upon at the Budget Council Meeting on 27th February.

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