Council tax capping to hit fire authorities.(News)

Local Government Minister Nick Raynsford recently made a statement in the Commons about how the government proposes to handle those local authorities which have set 'excessive' budgets for the current year

He commented: "The average increase in council tax in England this year is 5.9 per cent. A large number of authorities have set lower council tax increases than they originally proposed, following the government's strong messages to local authorities that high increases were both unacceptable, and unnecessary. Unacceptable, because people are rightly concerned about increasing council tax bills. Unnecessary because, for two years running, the Government has provided all local authorities with above-inflation increases in general grant. …

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