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LGA FINANCE CONFERENCE REPORT - DAVEY PREDICTS TAX HIKES OF 8%

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Education passporting, gearing and inflation will combine to increase council tax by up to three times the rate of ...
Education passporting, gearing and inflation will combine to increase council tax by up to three times the rate of inflation, according to Lib Dem ODPM spokesman Edward Davey.

'However prudent and penny-pinching councils are, it is crystal clear the average increase in council tax will be over three times the rate of inflation - at least 8%,' he said.

The picture was especially bleak for shire districts, he said, who would be forced to cut front-line services in the wake of last month's provisional settlement.
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