Essex County Council praised by Eric Pickles for freezing council tax

Politics / Wed 11th Feb 2015 at 12:44pm

THE Secretary of State for Local Government and Brentwood and Ongar MP Eric Pickles has welcomed the news that Essex County Council has frozen its Council Tax for a fifth successive year.

Mr Pickles said: “As Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government I have been in a position to offer councils help to fund a council tax freeze for a fifth consecutive year through a grant for local authorities that implement the freeze, and I am delighted Essex has been able to make this work for the benefit of its residents.”

“I have regular meetings with the Leader of Essex County Council about the concerns my constituents raise with me and am pleased significant effort has been made to tackle the problems with potholes as well as the concerns about winter pressures in hospitals caused by delayed discharges to the community.”

Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch, added: “Our budget contains plans for more than £1 billion of capital investment over five years to continue our drive for growth and to improve the lives of residents.

“In difficult financial times we have proved ourselves not only to be exemplars of efficiency but also that we are contributing to growth. For example, thanks to our careful management of reserves, we will embark on a major investment programme of more than £270 million in 2015/16 alone, creating new school places and investing in our roads, to ensure Essex remains one of the leading counties in the UK.”

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