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No increase in bill for council services in Poole

Councillors in Poole have agreed the council's budget for 2015/16, including no increase in residents' bills for local council services for a fifth consecutive year.

The decision made at a meeting of Full Council last night means that the council's element of the Council Tax bill will remain frozen at £1209.60 for a typical Band D property. Additional precepts for police and fire services mean the total charge for a Band D property from 1 April will be £1,464.57.

Council Tax bills in Poole remain the lowest in Dorset for the 15th consecutive year – despite a further reduction of £6 million in core government funding, increasing demand for services and a drop in the council's income from areas such as car parking charges and investments.

The council's budget for 2015/16:
* offers continued protection for most frontline services
* delivers of £12 million of additional savings and efficiencies
* provides an additional £3 million investment in services for vulnerable children and adults
* enables £33 million of capital investment within the local economy, including investment in Poole's road network, pothole repairs and flood defences.

Cllr Elaine Atkinson, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: "The financial challenge for the council remains considerable. However, by continuing to take the difficult decisions, the council has managed to protect the majority of frontline services and deliver no increase in Council Tax bills for the fifth year running." 

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