Council decisions to freeze residents' tax applauded
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has praised councils who are freezing council tax next year.
The Tory minister said authorities setting budgets without an increase in the levy from April had shown a "can do" attitude.
Information released by Mr Pickles's office showed Charnwood Borough Council, North West Leicestershire District Council and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council are not planning to raise their portion of the council tax bill. Harborough District Council and Leicestershire County Council have agreed a freeze for 2013-14, although County Hall said bills will rise the following year.
The Government has set aside £450 million for councils to fund the freeze.
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Mr Pickles said: "I'm pleased an increasing number of councils are taking up the Government's deal to freeze their residents' council tax.
"I encourage all authorities still to decide to follow their example.
"Those that freeze bills are making a real difference."
Leicester City Council has rejected the Government's offer of funds to freeze its share of the tax bill.
From April, council tax in Leicester will rise by 1.97 per cent.
Deputy city mayor councillor Rory Palmer said: "Our view is it would not take away the need to make difficult decisions. It simply set them aside for the future."