Council Tax freeze expected in Burnley

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A COUNCIL tax freeze is expected to be agreed at the next budget meeting of Burnley Council.

Protecting jobs and getting investment in new jobs are also priorities to be discussed by the council’s executive committee and full council.

Coun. Margaret Lishman, executive member for resources said: “Our priority is to get jobs and investment into the town, and to help ordinary people get through hard economic times.

“We have had a great hat-trick of successes with money for the Burnley Bridge development, the Todmorden Curve and the University Technical College in the Weavers’ Triangle – very much thanks to the hard and effective work of the council’s leader Charlie Briggs, and our MP Gordon Birtwistle, supported by a strong team of top officers.

“All these successes are making a real difference to Burnley folk when times are hard. Now the council has to build on that success and do its bit with basic services.”

Main proposals on the agenda include freezing council tax for the second year running, and transferring cash payments of council tax from the Contact Centre to direct debits and local post offices.

But the council has indicated some job cuts may have to be made, linked to the ending of outside support for special housing programmes and a reorganisation of the top management team.