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MOST WEST MIDLANDS AREAS TO FREEZE OR REDUCE COUNCIL TAX

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Most councils in the West Midlands are planning to peg or reduce their council tax bills ahead of the May elections...
Most councils in the West Midlands are planning to peg or reduce their council tax bills ahead of the May elections despite cuts in government grants, the Birmingham Post reports (p1).

The political make-up of most West Midlands councils hangs on a knife edge, the paper says.

Conservative controlled Walsall MBC was anticipating a £20-£30 cut on an average bill of £525, while Labour controlled Birmingham City Council is hoping for a freeze or a £5 reduction in bills despite having to find £40 million worth of cuts.

Other councils were anticipating freezes or only slight increases, although taxpayers in Coventry City Council face a £50 rise on average bills of £609 as the council looks for £13m worth of cuts in the next three years.

Final council tax bills will be set early in March.
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