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Scottish Local Tax Bills Frozen for Third Year Running

Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Local Tax Bills Frozen for Third Year Running

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Local authorities throughout Scotland have frozen council tax bills for the third successive year.

The decision by individual councils not to increase bills in 2010/11 is in line with the Scottish Government's tax freeze policy, introduced following its election as a minority administration at Holyrood in 2007.

Councils prepared to keep tax bills at existing levels were offered a share of an extra £70m made available by Finance Secretary John Swinney as part of the local government funding settlement

By the beginning of this week, all but three of Scotland's 32 councils had endorsed the freeze policy.

Two of the remaining councils - Angus and Shedand - agreed to it on February 17 and Western Isles was set to approve a no-increase recommendation on February 18.

Council tax figures at Band D level range from £1,024 in the Western Isles to £L230 in Aberdeen. The figure for Glasgow, Scodand's biggest council, is £1,213.

A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: We welcome news of all those local authorities that have agreed to freeze council tax. …

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