Zero rise in council tax in West Sussex

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COUNCIL tax is set to be frozen for the third year in a row by a county council.

Councillors at West Sussex County Council will meet next Thursday to discuss their budget proposals for the next financial year.

David Britton, chairman of the police and resources committee, said: ‘A feature of the 2013/14 budget is that for the third year in a row, a council tax freeze is being proposed, with government funding available to support the freeze.

‘The proposed budget is set against the backdrop of a large and ongoing reduction in public spending, and also the introduction of a new local government funding regime.

‘It also marks the third year of the county council’s three-year programme to save £79m, which is on target to be achieved.’

A final decision will be made next month.