Councils face dilemma over grant for council tax freeze


Local authorities face a dilemma in choosing whether to accept the Government’s council tax freeze grant, says the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Alison Scott, Assistant Director of Local Government at CIPFA, commented,

“While CIPFA welcomes the Government’s recognition of the burden that increases in council would place on council taxpayers, the fact that the grant is only for a single year gives local councils a real dilemma. They must take a medium and longer-term view in their financial planning. But if they accept the grant they are faced with a built in council tax rise for 2013-14 at a time when council tax benefit reform and localisation of business rates could add further instability to the system.”


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