Monday, January 28, 2013

Councils 'dodging democracy' over tax rises, says minister

Some English councils are "dodging democracy" by not holding referendums on council tax rises, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said.

Those not freezing council tax this year should "man up" and consult the public, he told the Daily Telegraph.

Ministers want a third year of council tax freezes, and have said those councils in England raising taxes above 2% should hold a public vote.