Dudley Council to announce council tax freeze for 2013

Cllr Pete Lowe -

Cllr Pete Lowe - "We have listened to the public"

First published in Local
Last updated
Dudley News: Photograph of the Author by

DUDLEY Council is to freeze council tax after residents said they would not support a significant rise.

The authority's cabinet is to meet on Tuesday February 12 to discuss spending and, although a major consultation is still under way, finance chiefs say the message from the public is already clear.

Thousands of Dudley residents who have responded to the council's highly publicised Big Consultation left politicians in no doubt the public would not support a tax increase of more than two per cent.

Central government regulations require a referendum on any rise of more than two per cent, a rise of less would not deliver any meaningful increase in income to council coffers after dedicated cash for police, fire and public transport services is deducted.

Cllr Pete Lowe, Dudley Cabinet member for finance, said: "We have listened to the people, the results from the consultation tell us 60 per cent are not in favour of a council tax rise above the referendum limit."

The authority will now take a government grant equivalent to a one per cent council tax rise and look for cuts of around £30m in services over the next three years to balance the books.

The consultation process will continue until the end of February but the emphasis will now shift to where the axe will fall.

Cllr Lowe said: "The response has been overwhelming, we have been able to get a list of what people see as essential services within the 800 the council provides and evaluate what they see as untouchable."

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:05pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Sam Vimes says...

it always about what services to the public will be cut isn't it. What about some details of the various expenses, allowances and other assorted handouts that the Councillors are prepared to cut? Or will they be free-lunching as usual while services to the public are cut?

What reserves do DMBC have and are they using any of that to cover costs?
it always about what services to the public will be cut isn't it. What about some details of the various expenses, allowances and other assorted handouts that the Councillors are prepared to cut? Or will they be free-lunching as usual while services to the public are cut? What reserves do DMBC have and are they using any of that to cover costs? Sam Vimes
  • Score: 0

12:24am Sat 9 Feb 13

The Mayor says...

Absolutely right Sam - on the "consultation" you could vote for cuts in every front line service, but no option for a cut in councillor's expenses or perks (free parking, free food, access to Local Authority pension scheme). It would be easier to accept these cuts if the councillors gave up some of their generous allowances.
Absolutely right Sam - on the "consultation" you could vote for cuts in every front line service, but no option for a cut in councillor's expenses or perks (free parking, free food, access to Local Authority pension scheme). It would be easier to accept these cuts if the councillors gave up some of their generous allowances. The Mayor
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree