Council pressed to accept Council Tax freeze

Conservative councillors in Bath and North East Somerset Council have pressed the Liberal Democrat-run authority to accept an offer of Government funding to freeze Council Tax for a third year in a row. At the Conservative Party Conference earlier this month, Chancellor George Osborne announced that the Government will provide £270 million to fund a further Council Tax freeze next year, in a move he said would save families an average of £72 on a Band D property.

Conservative councillors in Bath and North East Somerset have welcomed the announcement and have said they will be calling on the Council’s Liberal Democrat administration to accept the Government’s funding offer.  The three-year Council Tax freeze goes further than the Conservative general election manifesto commitment, which promised a two-year Council Tax freeze.

Councillor Charles Gerrish, the Conservative Shadow Cabinet Member for Community Resources, said:

“I know that families throughout Bath and North East Somerset will welcome this announcement from George Osborne.  A freeze in Council Tax will go some way to helping relieve the pressure on household budgets, and comes on top of government funding for Council Tax freezes the past two years as well.

“We will be pressing B&NES Council’s ruling Liberal Democrats to commit to taking up the Government’s funding offer so that local residents know they won’t see an increase in their Council Tax bill next year.”