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COUNCIL TAX - SCOTLAND REMAINS A CAP-FREE ZONE

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Scottish council tax will not be capped this year, finance minister Jack McConnell has announced. Mr McConnell was...
Scottish council tax will not be capped this year, finance minister Jack McConnell has announced. Mr McConnell was responding to a parliamentary question from Glasgow MSP Mike Watson, who asked if any council was likely to be capped.

'Most authorities have budgeted within guideline this year. Eight have set budgets in excess of the guideline but most have done so by a very small amount.'

Aberdeenshire and East Dunbartonshire are being allowed to continue to budget above guideline in a special agreement which means they must reduce levels over the next few years.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has welcomed the announcement, but is still calling for an independent review of local government finance.

'Local authorities should be given a lot more trust and there should be an end to ring-fencing as part of a review,' it said.
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