COUNCIL Leader Tony Newman has confirmed Council Tax bills for the borough's residents will be frozen next year.
Announcing the policy at last night's (Monday) full council meeting, Cllr Newman said he was "delighted" his Labour group would honour the pre-election pledge, despite inheriting a "£100 million black hole" in the authority's budget from the Conservatives.
He said: "Not only have we averted the fiscal crisis that was threatening to engulf the council, but with some key strategic decisions taken, we have set the council, despite the draconian cuts from central government, on a course of long-term stability.
"Council Tax, unlike the weather, will be frozen [...], good news for the family budget at this time of year."
Conservative leader Tim Pollard accused Cllr Newman of trying to "distract" voters from the "large barrage of cuts that the people of Croydon will still probably have to endure in a few months' time".
He also pointed out bills would be slightly higher in 2015/16 than the current financial year, when households were given a £25 rebate by the previous Conservative administration.