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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.

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Less than a third of councils sign up to tax freeze

Eric Pickles has said just under a third of English councils have committed to a national council tax freeze.

"Already we know of 115 (out of 351) can do councils who will freeze council tax for a third year from Derby to Dorset, Northampton to Norfolk and Wolverhampton to Worcester," he said.

The Daily Telegraph said the figure compared with 99% in 2011 and 85% last year.

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