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West Dorset District Council Spending Cuts 'Won't Affect Council Tax'


11:05am 19th January 2013

West Dorset will get over half a million pounds less from the central Government to pay for local services this financial year.

That's a reduction of 10 per cent compared to the previous year.

Despite that the District Council say they don't plan to raise their share of the council tax, parking charges will stay the same and they'll be no reduction in services which they provide.

West Dorset District Council Leader Robert Gould said:

"These are challenging times for local councils. The national picture means our government grant continues to fall, many of our traditional income streams are under pressure and, like householders, we have seen energy and fuel costs rise way ahead of inflation.

"But careful financial management, savings from working in partnership, continuous efficiencies and the move to smaller, greener and cheaper offices in Dorchester means we aim to freeze council tax and parking charges in 2013/14."

The district council will confirm its share of the 2013/14 council tax bill on 26 February. The total bill also includes charges from Dorset County Council, Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and town or parish councils.

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