Council tables tax freeze

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SUNDERLAND City Council has proposed a council tax freeze for the second year in a row.

Senior councillors on Sunderland’s ruling cabinet tabled a zero per cent rise and investments of more than £60million at a meeting this afternoon.

Spending plans include proposals for a new leisure centre in Washington and £8million to develop the former Vaux brewery site.

Cabinet Secretary Councillor Mel Speding said: “The city council is proposing a council tax freeze.

“This course of action clearly recognises the economic climate and the challenges facing the residents of the city and this Council will continue to do everything it can to try to mitigate the impact of these external challenges.”