The local Tories have been claiming that the Council Tax has been frozen by Rugby Borough Council for the fourth year in a row. For example, Cllr Michael Stokes made the claim in a post attacking his former colleague Howard Roberts. Our MP Mark Pawsey wanted to use it to suck up to David Cameron, and tweeted this:
Regrettably not called at PMQs so unable to refer to Rugby’s Council Tax freeze for 4th yr in a row
— Mark Pawsey (@MarkPawsey) February 27, 2013
And the Borough Council’s press release is quite clear:
Rugby Borough Council’s share of residents’ council tax bills is to be frozen for the fourth year in a row, after councillors set the authority’s budget for 2013/14 on Tuesday (26 February).
The freeze means that the average charge for a Band D property will be £187.88 for the year – a small increase of 70p due to increases in parish council precepts.
The problem is that this is not true. For most of the Borough’s households the RBC part of the bill has risen by 1%
What has actually happened is the following: Read the rest of this entry »