Hounslow Council has announced it will freeze council tax this year. 

The move has been made possible by 'efficiency' savings across some services and a cut in red tape and means residents will not face a rise in the current economic crisis.

Cllr Peter Thompson, leader of the council, said: “For the third year running, local residents will not face a rise in their council tax bills from the council.
 
“We made ten promises to local people, based on what they have told us they want, and this was our top promise.
 
“I believe that our element of your council tax represents good value for money, but I want to do even more this year to improve the services that impact on your daily life.
 
“We want to create a new type of council - with excellent services for all our residents, who live in a stronger and more united community.
 
“Improving services remains our priority. We want to become an authority that delivers on local priorities efficiently and effectively. I hope that residents will recognise that we are moving in the right direction, and delivering better value for money.”

The council says it has found a potential £53million that could be saved over three years and is taking a 'radical' looks at how services are delivered.