Labour MP criticises Pickles for councils attack

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Intemperate attack by Eric Pickles on Councils and local democracy. Eric is more a Leninist than a Localist. @bbcr4today

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Councils 'cheating' over tax rise

The Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has attacked councils in England who are not holding referenda on council tax rises as "dodging democracy" and "cheating taxpayers." Ministers want those rising it above 2% to hold a public vote on it.