District council tax bill stays put for a fourth year running

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Bicester taxpayers will not be forking out more for many council services after Cherwell District Council’s share of the bill was frozen for a fourth consecutive year.

People living in Band D homes will have their rates frozen at £123.50 for the Cherwell District Council (CDC) portion of the council tax bill.

Added to rates of £157 for Thames Valley Police and a provisional rate of £1,184 for Oxfordshire County Council, the total bill for a Band D resident is expected to be about £1,465 before parish levies.

Councillor Ken Atack, the council’s lead member for financial management, said: “Despite the council facing ongoing financial challenges due to reductions in Government grants, Cherwell is continuing to provide the same level of high-quality service provision, at no extra cost to our residents.

“This is down to good preparation and forward thinking by the council, and persistent efforts to explore the most efficient means of providing services, through methods such as joint working with South Northamptonshire Council.”

This financial year, the council has set a service provision budget of just over £13,874,000, down from around £14,659,000 the previous year.

Of this, just under £5,764,000 will be funded through council tax.

The council said it had frozen council tax at a time when Government funding is being reduced, including a 5.4 per cent cut in its Revenue Support Grant, which means a loss of £412,000. But the council tax freeze also means CDC will get a £63,000 Council Tax Compensation Grant from the Government.