Government to blame for council tax rises
The Audit Commission is expected tomorrow to lay the blame for this year's large council tax rises at the feet of the government, according to reports.
The commission’s inquiry into why the average council tax bill has gone up nearly 13% will say the increases stem mainly from the demands of ministers to increase spending. Previously the government had tried to lay the blame for the huge hike on local politicians in councils across the country.
The report will say that government grants were the single biggest determining factor in this year’s rises. Councils with the biggest increases in grants having generally had lower tax rises, according to the Financial Times.