Telford and Wrekin Council plans two-year tax freeze

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Council tax is set to be frozen in Telford for the next two years under recommendations by the local authority.

In the last two years Telford and Wrekin Council has increased council tax by 2.5% and 1.9%.

In so doing it rejected one-off grants offered by government, saying they would not help the long-term sustainability of its budget.

The Labour-run authority said it was now considering taking the grant - the equivalent of a 1% rise.

It said the U-turn followed a suggestion from government that the grants would be on-going.

The council's cabinet is due to discuss the issue on Thursday and, if backed, is expected to go out to consultation in January.

Telford and Wrekin still has to find £23m of savings on top of the £50m already made.

The final budget, including council tax rates, is due to be agreed early in the new year.

Councillor Bill McClements, responsible for finances, said plans to build new homes and attract businesses would help make up the shortfall.

However, he said the growing cost of adult social care remained a big concern.

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