In light of the economic conditions facing many residents, R4U’s administration at UDC has delivered a balanced budget with only a modest below-the-rate-of-inflation council tax increase, and for those most in need, a £100 grant on top of the most generous discount scheme in Essex.
Cllr Hargreaves continued “With soaring bills, many residents are having a difficult time, so we’ve worked very hard to keep the increases to a minimum. Council tax for a band D property will only increase by 10p a week, that is £5 a year. This policy decision is in line with a similar low amount at the other R4U-led administration, Saffron Walden Town Council. Both of these are far below increases by Essex County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner. By comparison, the ECC precept is rising by £60 a year – 12 times the amount of UDC.”