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21 December 2011

Stevenson Comments On Moray Council Tax Freeze

Moray’s SNP representatives have welcomed the Council’s early backing of the SNP’s policy to freeze Council Tax.

Commenting, Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“The Council Tax freeze was a big issue on the doorstep during the election - it is hugely popular when every other bill is going through the roof.

"The Council Tax freeze provides vital help for families in tough times and I’m very pleased that Moray Council has backed this important measure which will provide important support for families at this time.”

SNP Opposition Leader, Cllr Pearl Paul, welcomed the proposal, which received unanimous support at a meeting of Moray Council.

Cllr Paul said:

“I very much welcome The Council’s support of the SNP’s policy to freeze Council Tax. The SNP is continuing to provide a record percentage of the Scottish budget to Local Authorities, including funding to enable councils to hold Council Tax levels, essentially a real terms reduction in tax when inflation is taken into account.

“The SNP recognises the financial pressures facing families, who are being hit with pay freezes and soaring bills. Council Tax is one area that we can make a difference to people and today’s announcement will provide at least one degree of certainty for household budgets for the coming year.”

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead said:

“I am delighted that The Moray Council have given early backing to the SNP’s policy of freezing Council Tax once again.

“Council Tax bills soared in the eight years of the Scottish Parliament prior to the SNP taking office and we have sought to re-dress the balance and allow households to recover from the hit they have previously taken.

“To increase Council Tax pressures on households at a time of austerity is unnecessary with the Scottish Government providing funding to compensate councils for that position and I hope that other councils in Scotland will follow Moray’s lead on this.”

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