Magazine article Public Finance

Capped Councils Stand by Their Tax Rises

Magazine article Public Finance

Capped Councils Stand by Their Tax Rises

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Medway and City of York councils, the two authorities in line to have their budgets capped this year, were defiant this week.

Conservative-controlled Medway Borough Council in Kent, which is proposing a 5.5% council tax hike, said it would continue to press its case.

Council leader Rodney Chambers said: 'Medway is a responsible council that gives extremely good value for money. We have the fourth lowest council tax of any unitary council in the country. It's also important to remember that film was clawed back by the government in this year's grant from the previous year. Had this not happened, we would only have had to increase our council tax by 4.2% - well within government guidelines.'

Liberal Democrat-controlled City of York Council said it was disappointed. …

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