Scots Town Halls to Be Offered Funds to Freeze Council Taxes

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Scots Town Halls to Be Offered Funds to Freeze Council Taxes


Scott, David, Public Finance


Councils in Scotland will have access to a £70m fund if they agree to freeze council tax bills under proposals being considered by Finance secretary John Swinney.

Although no official announcement will be made until negotiations on the local government finance settlement finish later this month, Scottish government sources have confirmed the plan for a fund.

Swinney, who has been involved in talks with individual councils and with leaders of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, is trying to persuade Scotland's 32 councils to agree to a freeze.

The ruling Scottish National Party has pledged that there would be no council tax increases while preparations are being made for its commitment to introduce a local income tax. As Swinney has no plans to cap councils, he has to persuade them to go along with his proposals voluntarily.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish government said it was continuing discussions with local authorities on a number of issues, including a council tax freeze. …

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