Eric Pickles has said that 251 English councils, or 60% of all authorities, had signed up to the Chancellor’s offer to freeze council tax for 2014-15. “In the last decade, council tax bills went through the roof,” Mr Pickles said. “This Government has been working to keep council tax down.” The majority of councils who have implemented rises have kept them below 2%. The Welsh Government came in for criticism from Mr Pickles for refusing to freeze council taxes. “Labour councils across the country charge more and deliver less,” he said. The Daily Telegraph noted that the average bill in England has fallen in real-terms for the fourth year in a row.