Devon leader plans council tax freeze

The leader of Devon County Council wants to freeze the authority's council tax for the third year running.

John Hart, leader of the Conservative-run authority, said he was to propose the freeze at the authority's budget meeting on 21 February.

He said he believed the council could deliver a budget that "will maintain services while not asking our residents to pay a penny more".

If approved, it will mean an average Band D property paying £1,116.36.

Mr Hart said: "I think it's right that we do this, I think it's right that we become efficient, I think it's right that we cut our cloth to what we can afford.

"I don't think it's right that we continue to penalise the people of Devon by raising council tax at a time when an awful lot of them can't afford it."