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Suffolk: Budget standstill confirmed by county

PUBLISHED: 18:11 13 February 2014 | UPDATED: 18:11 13 February 2014

Suffolk County Council has frozen council tax bills.

Suffolk County Council has frozen council tax bills.

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Suffolk’s element of council tax bills will remain frozen after the county approved the Conservative administration’s budget.

The full council meeting backed the budget proposals drawn up by the administration, rejecting an opposition Labour amendment that would have seen the reserves reduced to safeguard some services.

Council finance spokesman Colin Noble told the meeting: “Every department within the council understands the financial squeeze on public services and are committed to ensuring these savings are made, whilst trying to protect our much valued front line.”

However Labour leader Sandy Martin, making the case for reducing reserves said: “Stashing money in the bank when there are urgent needs, urgent investment needs which will help prevent hugely greater expense in the future, is not prudent. It is callous, and short-sighted, and doomed to failure.”

The amendment was lost and the budget was passed overwhelmingly after the council’s UKIP group joined the majority Conservatives to support it.

Doctors anticipating a severe outbreak of flu this winter are desperately urging vulnerable people in Suffolk to get vaccinated against the virus.

A person who died on the rail line near Ingatestone in Essex on Thursday has been named as 15-year-old William Tweed.

Suffolk’s largest teaching union has launched a campaign over the “savage” levels of school funding under the new national funding formula (NFF).

The latest version of the iPhone, the 8 and 8 Plus went on sale for the first time this morning.

Go for regular eye tests – it could not only save your sight, but also your life. This is the message being pushed by campaigners across Suffolk and Essex during National Eye Health Week, from September 18-24.

Potential witnesses sought in connection with the disappearance of RAF airman Corrie McKeague in Suffolk have been identified following an anniversary appeal.

Records have been broken by the region’s universities in this year’s national league table of universities.

Inactive students at an Ipswich college will be encouraged to take part in fun sporting activities like climbing as part of a new £160,000 project to improve their physical and mental health.

A Suffolk student has become the first ever recipient of a prestigious scholarship in music production after impressing tutors with his talent, dedication and passion.

A road accident near to a busy junction in Ipswich during rush hour caused severe delays this morning – but has since been cleared.

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