Forest Heath’s tax freeze
Forest Heath District Council is freezing its portion of Council Tax for the coming year.
This means a Band D household will continue to pay £137.43 for the year for district services.
But those wanting a brown bin will have to pay the extra annual charge of £40.
This is the seventh year that Forest Heath has frozen its Council Tax.
Cllr Stephen Edwards, cabinet member for resource and performance, said: “This is the seventh consecutive year that we have been able to freeze Council Tax and our level of charge remains the lowest of all the districts in Suffolk.
“It hasn‘t been easy. We have worked hard to cut costs wherever possible and to look at ways of generating income.
“We know that the Revenue Support Grant, our main source of government funding, is to be phased out and the challenge ahead is how we work to bridge that gap.
“Against that backdrop we have been faced with external changes to funding and potential increased costs for processing compostable waste and so took the decision that those people with gardens who want a garden waste service should pay towards it.
“This is a choice and we appreciate that just as some people will opt for the conveninece of the service, others will choose differently.”