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Swansea Council Tax freeze is welcome news for residents

February 9, 2012 1:28 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed the announcement by Swansea Council that they will be freezing council tax next year.

Good financial management by Liberal Democrat-led authority means that residents of Swansea will not have to pay any more while the council is able to protect and invest in frontline services. This is in stark comparison with the large rises experienced by Swansea residents when the council was run by Labour.

Under the last eight years of the previous Labour administration the average yearly council tax rise was a hefty 7.6%. This compare to the Liberal Democrat administration's modest average increase of 3.4% per annum between 2004 and 2012. That amounts to a saving of £3,104 over the last eight years for the average Band D property owner.

Mr Black said: "It is great news that savings made through sound financial management by Liberal Democrat councillors can be passed on to Swansea residents in the form of a council tax freeze for 2012/13.

"Efficiency savings and lowering the amount of money paid to councillors' means that the Welsh Liberal Democrat run council has been able to safeguard and invest in frontline services. For example a cut of 20% in special responsibility allowances has saved the council £1million over the last eight years of Liberal Democrat administration, all of which was reinvested into cleansing.

""The zero increase for next year is yet more good news for Swansea residents who have been consistently better off financially under a Liberal Democrat run council compared to Labour. It will certainly help hard-pressed families make ends meet."