Government Minister praises CDC for achieving biggest Council Tax cut in the country
Local government minister Brandon Lewis MP has heaped praise on Cotswold District Council following their decision on Tuesday to cut Council Tax by 5% for 2013-14.
Mr Lewis, who also has responsibility for fire and resilience, was in the Cotswolds today to hear first hand about the handover of the Moreton-in-Marsh Fire College to Capita, and the exciting plans which will secure and enhance its future as a world class facility for fire fighting and emergency training. He was accompanied during his visit by CDC leader Cllr Lynden Stowe and the local MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.
Mr Lewis told Cllr Stowe that he was delighted to be visiting the district which had recorded the biggest cut in council tax in the country, and he commended the councillors and staff at Cotswold for their first class performance. He also said he was very impressed by the council’s commitment to freeze prices for a range of customer services for at least three years.
Earlier in the day, the Minister had appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme and cited Cotswold as a prime example of how local authorities can keep down council tax by sharing resources and staff without any detriment to front line services.
There was more praise for CDC from Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who tweeted his congratulations and also pointed out that CDC’s budget would protect the disabled and help homebuyers.
Cllr Stowe was very pleased to note these reactions from the top echelons of government:
“It’s not every day that a relatively small local authority can say that it is at the top of the tree, and I am very proud of everyone at Cotswold who has helped us to achieve the biggest cut in council tax in the country this year.”
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