A key pledge in the Conservative manifesto at the General Election was a freeze on council tax levels for the next two years. We have delivered the first year of a freeze, as an independent report has revealed. Now that we have taken action to solve Labour’s economic mess, it looks as though we may be able to do the same again next year. Under the Labour government, council tax bills more than doubled, hitting hard-pressed families and pensioners hardest. It’s a Conservative government, that has put a halt to these seemingly automatic yearly increases. Labour is still opposed to a council tax freeze – something you should remember when they come asking for you votes in this year’s council elections.
10th March 2011 – Questions to the Leader of the House of Commons
Brandon Lewis (Great Yarmouth) (Con): I am sure that the Leader of the House will have seen the recent report from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, which highlights how some councils, such as Great Yarmouth borough council, have been able to freeze council tax while protecting front-line services, which has happened across the country, giving savings of up to almost £300, in contrast to the doubling of council tax under the previous Labour Government. May we have a debate on CIPFA’s report on the Floor of the House?
Sir George Young (Leader of the House of Commons): My hon. Friend reminds the House that for the first time in 18 years there will be a real-terms reduction in the liability to pay council tax, which will be warmly welcomed by council taxpayers up and down the country. I pay tribute to the work of those local authorities that have been able to freeze council