Residents want council tax freeze scapped
RESIDENTS of the Highland Council region want the Scottish Government to scrap the council tax freeze, according to a recent consultation.
People living in the area were asked a range of questions on how they felt the local authority can balance its books better, with the results reported last Friday.
A survey of 2,300 residents revealed 61 per cent of people in the area would accept a five per cent rise in council tax if it meant a protection of services.
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, which represents all the local authorities in Scotland, is against the council tax freeze. A spokesman said: ‘ We got a crystal clear steer from council leaders in December that the package of measures for local government within the budget, including the council tax freeze, is totally unacceptable.’
However, a Scottish Government spokesman said: ‘We have announced a council tax freeze for a ninth consecutive year – a saving of around £1,550 for the average Band D household.’