Res­i­dents want coun­cil tax freeze scapped

The Oban Times - - The Oban Times & West Highland Times -

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.’

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