English councils accused of 'cheating their taxpayers'

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.

 Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles
Eric Pickles said councils were currently "treating residents with contempt” Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He said the councils were currently "treating residents with contempt” by avoiding the Government's calls for restraint in local taxation.

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