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

The cabinet of Chichester-based West Sussex County Council has recommended that its share of the bill stays the same.

It would mean the average Band D taxpayer would continue to pay £1,161.99 for the 80 per cent of local government services that are provided by the county council.

This does not include any figure set by the local district or borough council, Sussex Police, or precepts charged by town and parish councils.

The budget includes the final year of the county council’s £79m three-year savings programme, which was agreed to cope with reduced government grants.

Councillor Michael Brown, who is in charge of finance, said: ‘We are all feeling the pinch, and as such, I am sure households will welcome our proposals to freeze council tax.’