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Lambeth set to freeze council tax for second year

Lambeth Council is set to freeze council tax for the second year running, following a decision by the council’s cabinet.

The freeze will be coupled with more money for frontline services and a pay freeze for councillors.

The extra cash will be pumped into projects such as the Young and Safe programme, which aims to reduce youth violence. This will get an extra £300,000 more than last year.

There will be a boost of £51,000 more than last year to help fund 22 new Police Community Support Officers, £60,000 more than last year for the council’s anti-social behaviour team and £70,000 more than last year for the new Noise Nuisance Team.

“This reflects the results of our biggest ever consultation with residents to find out how to spend the budget on the things that matter most to local people”, said the Leader of Lambeth Council, Councillor Steve Reed.

“Strong financial management has laid the bedrock to enable us to protect frontline services while helping residents through the worst of the recession.”

The budget will be set at a meeting of the full council on February 24.

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