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Congratulations to Conservative-run Stratford-on-Avon District Council who are cutting their Council Tax charge by 1%. The main element of the bill paid by residents is charged by Conservative-run Warwickshire County Council who are expected to freeze their share of the Council Tax. So the saving will be only £1.29 a year.

But I still think it is hugely welcome to have achieved a cut at all. It is a psychological boost, an example to others (not least Warwickshire who are now being asked why they are not reducing their burden on residents in these tough times.)

Furthermore the Council Tax charged by this district is already exceptionally low. This is a council that has been energetic about finding savings through joint working and rigorous asset management. It has embraced transparency, encouraged enterprise and achieved high satisfaction ratings for its services.

Meanwhile Conservative-run Tendring District Council is proposing  0.5% Council Tax cut. A modest cut certainly but it follows the same cut achieved last year, Also Tendring already has the lowest Council Tax in Essex.