Council tax set to be frozen for a second year

HARD-pressed families in Scarborough are looking forward to a freeze in rates for the second year in a row.

The announcement was made by the chancellor, George Osborne, at this week’s Tory party conference in Manchester.

A spokeswoman for Scarborough Council said they could not comment on the move until documentation outlining the plan was received from the Government.

It is understood the extension of a programme to keep bills steady for the 2012 to 2013 council tax year would save the average household around £72.

In his conference speech Mr Osborne announced £805 million for the move which will be funded through efficiency savings and it was one of a number of initiatives to be funded through eliminating waste in Whitehall. He added: “When so many bills are going up, council tax can be the one bill that doesn’t. That’s help for families, so together we ride out the storm.”

A similar promise was included in the coalition agreement and resulted in all local authorities in England freezing or reducing their council tax bills for this year.