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LIVERPOOL SCORES WITH COUNCIL TAX HAT-TRICK

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Liverpool City Council is tonight set to freeze its council tax for a record third year in a row. ...
Liverpool City Council is tonight set to freeze its council tax for a record third year in a row.
Liverpool will become the first ever city in Britain to notch up a freeze hat-trick.
The big freeze will mean the Band D Council Tax figure in the city will stay at£1,171.54 for the third successive year. In Liverpool the majority of households qualify for Band A, which will remain at£781.02
The city council has actually cut council tax bills in successive years, to keep it at the same level.
This is because of increases in precepts by Merseyside's Fire, Police and travel services, which are not controlled by the city council.
Those increases, which would have added over£650,000 to the budget, have meant that the city council has actually had to reduce its share of the total council tax bill to compensate.
Liverpool's council tax freeze is in stark contrast to other metropolitan authorities and to neighbouring Merseyside authorities which are expected to increase their council tax, on average, by between 5%-6%.
Liverpool's balanced budget will also include an extra£12m of growth items in the budget - including a major crusade to clean up the city. There will also be an extra£7m for education.
But council leader Mike Storey OBE, said the council tax hat-trick still meant that the people of Liverpool were paying too much.
He said: 'Reducing the council tax for a record third year is unprecedented in the history of Liverpool - and unique amongst other big cities.
'But people are still paying too much. That must change. We will continue to work hard to keep the council tax as low as possible, while fundamentally changing the way we provide services to the people of Liverpool.
'They have a right to expect first-class services - and that is what we intend to deliver. At the same time we have protected front-line services on which the most vulnerable people in our community depend.
'We will ensure that everyone shares in the increasing prosperity and investment which the new Liverpool is bringing.'
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