Council freeze agreed
Published on: 03 Mar 2014
COUNCIL tax in South Gloucestershire is to be frozen for a fourth consecutive year.
The authority has been able to avoid a tax rise thanks to its savings programme and to higher than expected council tax receipts.
No one political party has overall control on South Gloucestershire but the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems each managed to secure some of their favoured projects.
Street lighting in some areas will be kept on for an extra hour from midnight to 1am in response to widespread public concern. Free parking in council car parks will be kept and a £10 charge for disabled Blue Badges is to be scrapped. Expansion for Bradley Stoke and Longwell Green leisure centres will be brought forward.
A household council tax bill is made up of numerous ‘precepting authorities’, including town/parish councils, police and fire authority, as well as South Gloucestershire Council.