Jobs go as council tax frozen

JOBS are being axed and library opening hours could be slashed after councillors voted to freeze council tax.

Durham County Council will not increase its portion of council tax bills, but is cutting spending by £26.6m for the next financial year.

That will see the axing of around 20 neighbourhood wardens, merging their work with dog wardens and increasing charges for various services.

Libraries are also facing having their opening hours reduced while community centres are under threat.

Durham Police Authority has frozen its precept, while County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Authority’s charge will rise by 2.97 per cent.