Plea to freeze council tax for fourth year

Shaffaq Mohammed
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Sheffield Council should give residents a happier Christmas by agreeing to a council tax freeze, opposition leaders have urged.

Local Liberal Democrats are calling on Labour councillors to back a proposal which would ease financial pressure on hard-pressed people across the city.

It comes following the Government’s mid-term finance settlement, which made £550 million of funding available for councils which freeze the tax for a fourth successive year.

In the scheme, Sheffield will have access to cash which would be the equivalent of what it would gain from a one per cent rise.

But the council has so far refused to confirm whether it will accept the grant this year, which was worth £1.9 million in 2012.

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, leader of the Sheffield Liberal Democrats, said: “Freezing council tax will bring another £2 million of government cash into the city. We can protect important local services, such as keeping libraries open.”