NORTH Yorkshire County Council has confirmed it is to freeze its council tax for the third year in a row.

Members of the council supported a recommendation from the executive today (Wednesday, February 20) to accept a grant equivalent to one per cent council tax rise from the government in return for pegging the council tax at its current level. This amounts to a £2.2m grant for North Yorkshire.

Leader of the council, Councillor John Weighell, said: “We know that many households are struggling financially.

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“That is why we are pleased to be able to freeze council tax for the third year in succession. This will have saved the average household £95 over the three years.”

The council is still facing massive cuts – having to find additional savings of about £23m over the next two years on top of a £69m savings programme the authority is already implementing.