Council Tax frozen across Scotland

All 32 of Scotland’s local authorities have now confirmed they will continue to freeze council tax into 2010 – 11.

The council tax freeze is fully funded by the SNP in Government, ensuring councils can continue to invest whilst giving hard working households a break from high bills during the recession.

Commenting, SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP said:

“These tough economic times are being felt by families right across Scotland.

“Freezing council tax for a third year will help ease financial stress in households struggling with their finances.

“I welcome the continued commitment of our partners in local government to ensuring there is no increase – a clear demonstration of the more productive relationship we have forged with councils, which is delivering real benefits for the people of Scotland.”

Mr Swinney continued: “Putting money back into people’s pockets in this way has the added benefit of boosting spending in local economies, helping to support jobs and business.

“The Scottish Government will continue to do all we can, building on our Economic Recovery Plan, to position Scotland’s economy for a strong recovery and help households through this recession.”

The council tax freeze is funded by the Scottish Government, which is providing each council with a share of £70 million in 2010/11 to support the move.”

SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Angus MacNeil added:

“As local people do their best to get through the economic downturn, this council tax freeze will be a welcome helping hand.

“By freezing the council for the third year running, the SNP Scottish Government through Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are helping local people in a very real way.

“The extra cash in the community will boost the economy and help protect jobs and businesses in Na h-Eileanan an Iar.”