Midlothian Council passes tax freeze for 2014

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Midlothian’s Labour councillors believe the Scottish Government is not supporting local authorities who freeze council tax for the eighth successive year.

At last week’s full council meeting, councillors approved the freeze in Midlothian for 2014. The impact of the council tax freeze means residents paying the average Band D council tax will now have saved the equivalent of a whole year’s council tax – over £1,100 – by the bill not increasing since 2006.

However, speaking at the full council meeting last week, councillor Jim Muirhead (Lab) said that Holyrood was not doing enough to support local authorities applying the freeze, warning of the £13.5 million projected shortfall in the council’s budget for 2017.

Responding, councillor Owen Thompson (SNP) defended the Scottish Government.

He then extended an invitation to the Labour councillors to join the council’s cross-party Business Steering Group, which Labour refuse to join, to help tackle the expected shortfall.

Read more on this in the November 14 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.