For the seventh year out of nine, your Conservative controlled Elmbridge Borough Council will freeze its share of the Council Tax.
This means that since 2006-7, while overall inflation has risen by 33% RPI (or 28% CPI), for Elmbridge the rise has been limited to 7%.
And the good news doesn’t stop there. Despite having to make around £1.5 million in savings for 2015-16, large cuts in central government grant, all our services, so valued and used by residents will be fully protected: there will no reductions whatever. Furthermore, the Council will give an above inflation 2% increase in grants to all eleven of its core-funded voluntary organizations, which include the two Citizen’s Advice Bureaux, Voluntary Action Elmbridge and Rentstart.
Hersham Councillors John Sheldon and Ian Donaldson told the News, “This is a budget that should benefit everyone in our community. The freeze in Council Tax is most welcome and we are particularly delighted with the increase in support for the voluntary sector which is thriving right across Hersham. It is a vote of confidence in the magnificent work they do day after day”.