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Scots to Continue Tax Freeze

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots to Continue Tax Freeze

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Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has promised a council tax freeze in Scotland for the second successive year despite local authority fears about new financial pressures.

Swinney told the Scottish National Party's annual conference in Perth that a further freeze on council tax in 2009/ 10 would help those facing rises in household bills during the economic crisis.

He said: 'Next year the Scottish Government will be making more funds available to freeze the council tax across the country.

'When other bills are rising, the people of Scotland can rely on the Scottish Government to freeze their council tax.'

SNP ministers gave an extra £70m to councils who were prepared to freeze the council tax last year and are expected to provide a similar sum next year as part of a three-year funding settlement.

However, a number of individual councils have warned that extra financial pressures such as providing free school meals for primary school children, inflation and the problems of the credit crunch will mean that the settlement is inadequate. …

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