Another council tax freeze for rural villages in Ashfield

HOUSEHOLDERS living in Ashfield have been spared a council tax increase by the district council for a second year.

As the move was agreed at a cabinet meeting, ruling Labour councillors said it was a result of efficiency savings.

The freeze in Ashfield, which includes Selston, Jacksdale and Underwood, has come after the Government pledged a one-off grant of almost £150,000, which will compensate the council for the revenue it would have received from an increase.

Overall residents will see a marginal increase in their tax bill, which pays for everything from wheelie bin collections to street light repairs.

This is because of a 3.93 per cent increase in charges levied by Nottinghamshire Police Authority.

Most homes in the Ashfield area fall within bands A and B for council tax. From 1st April, the bill for a band A household will go up by £4.20 a year - from £1,060.13 to £1,064.33.

For a band B property, the increase will be £4.90 a year (from £1,236.82 to £1,241.72).