Conservatives continue council tax freeze for another year

Conservative Chancellor George Osborne today announced that the freeze in council tax would continue for a second year.

The freeze in 2011-12 was promised in the Conservative 2010 election manifesto, and rewarded councils that froze council tax with the equivalent of a 2.5% council tax increase paid out of central funds. All English councils took up the offer.

The Chancellor today announced that £805 million had been found to continue the freeze offer into 2011-12. The total annual saving to an average (Band D) Cambridge household would be £72 if local authorities take up the offer.

This is great news for Cambridge households struggling with the rising cost of living and Labour’s debt crisis,” said Cambridge Conservatives Deputy Chairman, Timothy Haire. “We call on the City Council to keep their rate rise to below 2.5% so that Cambridge residents can benefit.

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I am a graduate medical student at the University of Cambridge.
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