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COUNCIL tax is set to stay the same for East Hampshire residents.

The council has announced it plans to freeze council tax for the coming year – the seventh time in nine years.

It comes after efficiency measures, including sharing services with neighbouring Havant and Winchester.

Leader Ferris Cowper said: ‘Government grants comprised 44 per cent of our income in 2009/10 but in 2015/16 will only amount to 27 per cent. To maintain, and in fact improve, services since 2009-10 while freezing council tax and still balancing the books, despite that swingeing loss of income is an astonishing achievement.’