Keeping council tax rise down is welcome, but...
CREDIT where it's due, the city council is keeping the amount of money it is taking from the householders of Derby in check.
This year's council tax in Derby is the lowest in the county and one of the lowest in the East Midlands. Those living in average Band D properties will face bills of £1,378.75, with the city council amount of the bill rising by just 1.55%.
And it seems we are getting good value for the sum.
The council is in the running for a local government award for its excellence.
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One of the achievements the award judges have recognised is the creation of the city's multi-million-pound regeneration fund, which uses public money to help encourage private schemes seen as good for boosting the city's economy.
The judges have praised the council for "regenerating the city, improving the lives of residents and investing in employees".
Let's hope the city wins the prestigious award. But I would like to propose a new award.
City leader Paul Bayliss bemoans the fact the government does not give Derby enough credit for the low council tax it sets.
My award would be for the authorities in the country that manage an all- too rare achievement – actually cutting council tax.
In these days of soaring fuel, power and food bills, wouldn't it be marvellous if the council tax bill that dropped on to our doormat each year was not kept to a minimum rise...but actually LOWER than last year.
I'm sure that would win awards with many taxpayers..