Congratulations to the Conservative-run Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead which is cutting its Council Tax for the third year running. For 2012/13 the Council tax will be cut by 1.5%.

It means that their residents will continue to pay the lowest Band D council tax outside London and that the average Borough household Council Tax bill is £75.87 lower than if it had been frozen for the last three years.

Cllr Richard Kellaway, Lead Member for Finance, said:

“These are tough times for all of our residents and we know that for most people Council Tax is the largest bill they face after house payments. By consistently lowering this bill we allow our residents to decide how they spend their money. We know that our policy on Council tax will put an extra £10 million into the local economy.”

Cllr David Burbage Leader of the Council, said:

“As politicians we are being told that residents’ biggest worry is the cost of living and rising bills. Tax makes up a huge proportion of this and by cutting council tax again we will make life better for our residents; we are aware of the tough times people are experiencing. We protect crucial frontline services, are cutting tax and are stimulating the local economy by keeping increasing amounts of money in residents’ pockets.”