On course to avoid council tax bill increase

CALDERDALE Council remains on course to avoid any increase in council tax bills this year.

But several hundred jobs are likely to go as the council continues its quest to save £55m over the next three years.

Parking charges are expected to rise by 10p an hour in 2014.

There have been more than 200 formal responses to the draft spending plan, which is due for approval at the budget council meeting on February 27. Council leader Janet Battye said: “We have reduced the amount of savings required in each year by £100,000.”