Scheme launched enabling residents to donate council tax savings

Scheme launched enabling residents to donate council tax savings

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Francis Batt

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Scheme launched enabling residents to donate council tax savings
Cllr Simon Dudley

A new scheme allowing people to donate money to the community has gone live this week.

The plan by the Royal Borough encourages people across the Windsor and Maidenhead area to use money saved by recent cuts in council tax to support a public service of their choice.

A new webpage offers a quick and simple way to calculate how much of their council tax savings they would like to contribute and a fast online way to pay.

They can choose from a list of services ranging from pavement repairs and public transport to trees, fitness projects - even measures against anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Simon Dudley, cabinet member for finance, said that some residents had said they would prefer the cuts in council tax over the last four years to have gone to locals services instead.

He said: "We have come up with a simple solution to help them do just that.

"As far as we know this is the first time a local authority has offered residents a 'donate back' option and it will be very interesting to see such a different way of using council tax for the benefit of local people."

Visit www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/ctax_donate.htm for details.

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