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Monday, 28 January 2013
Pickles pledge over taxes
The Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said he will introduce new laws to stop councils from abusing the system by increasing local taxes without public backing. Mr Pickles has said that only 115 local authorities, out of 351 in England, have confirmed that they will freeze council tax in April. This compares with 99% of councils in 2011 and 85% last year.
Ministers have previously said that any local authority wishing to increase its levy by more than 2% has to hold a referendum. Mr Pickles says he believes that some councils are planning to get around this by introducing a 1.99% rise.