FOLLOWING the Government’s pre-budget report, Chester City Council is passing on the 2.5% reduction on VAT to its customers from December 1.
This will mean that there will be modest reductions in charges for car-parking, building control services, licensing, crematorium and cemeteries and planning services.
Councillor Adrian Walmsley, executive member for resources, said: “Given the global credit crunch, the reduction in VAT will be a welcome boost for the local economy and put money in the pockets of people who are really feeling the pinch. We are happy to make our contribution.”
Councillor Stephen Mosley, executive member for customer services, said: “As a council we have worked hard to promote and improve our car-parks in order to support Chester’s economy during this global recession.
“We are investing £200,000 in improvements in car-parks and Park and Ride sites this year. We have also continued to subsidise universal concessionary pass travel on Park and Ride buses and have introduced the highly successful Free after Three campaign, which has attracted local people back to Chester.
“Now there will be a further reduction in the most expensive car-park charges to take into account the reduction in VAT. Because of the limitations of the automatic ticket machines price reductions will be rounded to the nearest 10p.
“The full 2.5% reduction in VAT will be fully passed on to users of building control services, licensing, crematorium and cemeteries and planning services from Monday.”