Wychavon District Council has suggested freezing taxes for the sixth year running.

A proposal put forward by councillors would see the district’s share of the Council Tax bill frozen once again.

Such a move would mean that by next March, residents would have collectively saved £2.7 million.

Councillor Bradley Thomas, leader of the district council, said: "Wychavon already has the fourth lowest Council Tax charge of any district council in the country.

“By keeping our part of the bill on hold for a sixth year running we're keeping money in residents' pockets so they can spend it on their priorities, like household bills and essentials.

"Even though we're freezing our part of the bill, as our other spending announcements show, we're still committed to improving Wychavon by investing in our communities, supporting people when they need us most and protecting our environment."

The tax freeze was one of a number of proposals put forward at an executive board meeting on Wednesday, February 1.

A further £1 million was announced for community project through the Community Legacy Grants scheme, with applications to open in early 2024.

Councillors also pledged £50,000 to fund practical advice and support to help residents with the cost of living crisis and proposed committing £75,0000 to recruiting a financial inclusion officer as part of Wychavon’s Housing Service.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that parish and town councils will get £30,000 to support street parties and events to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

The council has also unveiled new environmental commitments, with Wychavon set to spend £210,000 over the next two years as it works with FCC Environment to phase in the use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) to the contractor’s bin collection and street sweeping fleet.

This follows a successful trial of the fuel in 2022 with HVO able to cut carbon emissions by 90 per cent compared to diesel.

Finally, it was proposed that £70,000 be made available to pay for swimming pool covers at Evesham and Pershore leisure centres in a bid to cut fuel bills by around 50 per cent.

All of the proposals will now go to a meeting of Wychavon’s full council on Wednesday, February 22, for final approval.