10th Mar 2009 - 00:00
Anglesey Council has announced that it is freezing the price of primary school meals in a move that sees council tax increase by 3%.
Members of the council backed the budget, which sees Â£300k ring-fenced for school meals. After the meeting, Councillor Fowlie said: "Our lowest ever financial settlement from the Welsh Assembly Government meant that there was no way of avoiding a council tax increase this year. The Executive Committee, however, made a concerted effort to keep the council tax rise to minimum, especially as our budget deliberations were set against a backdrop of a national recession." Finance portfolio holder, Cllr Goronwy Parry MBE, added: "I firmly believe that, despite all the pressures the Executive has faced, we succeed in presenting the Full Council with a good budget, which will ultimately benefit the people of Anglesey." The 3% council tax increase will support the Isle of Anglesey County Council's revenue budget of Â£116 million. Since December 2007 there are 400 fewer children taking school meals and the average school dinner costs Â£1.75.