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Council tax freeze and budget approved

Malvern Hills District Council has approved the budget for 2015/16, which includes the approval of a 0% Council Tax rise. The decision was made at a Council meeting which took place on Tuesday 24 February 2015.

The budget ensures council services will be protected and focuses on a number of investments in many areas within the Malvern Hills District, areas of investments and benefits to local residents include:

  • Introduction of a new programme to tackle business and rural crime
  • Getting more empty homes back into use and bringing them back to the market
  • Delivery of MHDC apprenticeship support scheme and a graduate internship scheme
  • Upgrade of the MHDC online planning system
  • Freeze on Council Tax
  • No increase on car parking charges
  • Investment in waste and recycling services
  • Investment into local economy and funding local schemes
  • Investment in Local Welfare Assistance

Cllr. Paul Cumming, portfolio holder for finance, performance management and resources said; "The approval of the budget and Council Tax freeze is really good news and will be a real help for local residents and their finances."

He continued "MHDC have recently made significant savings within various areas, including a new leisure contract put in place for the management of its local leisure centres, the joint Chief Executive role with Wychavon District Council, and a new customer service arrangement with Civica.

"The continuing progress will ensure that MHDC continue to provide high quality services and savings to its residents".