The Scottish Government and Scotland’s councils are on a collision course
after finance secretary John Swinney announced he was determined to introduce a
freeze on council taxes for a second year although fresh funds will not be
Swinney told the SNP conference in Perth
the government would introduce a second year’s freeze, but he revealed
afterwards there would be no fresh funds beyond the £70m already on the table,
the Scotsman reports.
Steven Purcell, the Labour leader of Glasgow City Council, warned it would be
‘nigh on impossible’ to deliver a council tax freeze next year without extra
The row over council tax levels is said to be at risk from breaking apart the
financial settlement for local government and the ‘historic concordat’ between
central and local government.
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