Views sought on plan for council tax to rise

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CHESTERFIELD Council is consulting on plans to increase council tax in 2013-14 – rejecting Government funding to keep levels frozen.

The Labour-run council is considering an increase because the Government funding is limited and the authority would have to make further budget cuts to cover any shortfall.

But the rise was criticised by Chesterfield Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate Julia Cambridge.

She said: “The Government is offering the council funding so that it can freeze council tax again this year.

“Labour’s plans would mean rejecting that money and inflicting needless tax rises on hard-working people in Chesterfield, who are already suffering because of the recession left by the last Labour government.”

A rise in council tax of two per cent or more would have to be put before the public in a referendum.

Ms Cambridge said she is launching a petition backed by Lib Dem councillors opposing the council tax rise.