New council tax freeze questioned
A top academic has questioned the Scottish Government’s plans to freeze council tax for another year.
Professor David Bell, of Stirling University, said that it was “difficult to make a strong case” for the move, based on the government’s own priority for economic growth.
When he revealed his draft spending plans last week, Finance Secretary John Swinney told councils their budgets would be cut by only 2.6% if they agreed to implement SNP policies, such as maintaining the council tax freeze and guaranteeing 1,000 police officers on the beat.
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