A LOCAL authority revealed plans to freeze its council tax.

South Ribble Borough, which includes Samlesbury, proposes to peg the levy for the coming year.

While the government expects district councils to increase council tax up to a maximum of 1.99 per cent, the Leyland-based council has proposed to freeze rates this year.

Cllr Paul Foster, leader of South Ribble Council said: “We absolutely cannot add a further financial burden to our residents at such a critical time.

“This proposed budget is balanced and realistic considering the impacts of the pandemic."

Lancashire County Council, which provides many key services to its 12 boroughs including South Ribble, has indicated it intends to bring in a 4.99 per cent rise in its levy on the council tax, partly to pay for adult and children's social care.

That would add £46 a year to a Band A terraced house and £70 a year to a Band D semi-detached family home.