On Monday, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles accused English councils are "cheating their taxpayers" by increasing local taxes in defiance of a national council tax freeze.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Pickles pledged to introduce new laws to force councils looking to increase council tax above a threshold of 2% to put their proposed rises to a referendum.
He said the councils were currently "treating residents with contempt” by avoiding the Government's calls for restraint in local taxation.
More top news
It will be rather cloudy to start, with the odd shower for some.
A Royal Navy destroyer is heading to the Persian Gulf to help fight Islamic State (IS), the defence secretary has announced.
Scientists are a step closer to developing a test for early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.