The Conservatives’ offer of sufficient funding for councils to implement a two-year council tax freeze appears to be enticing many Labour councillors.
According to the LGC/ComRes poll, 49% of Labour members think their council should accept the Tories’ offer.
Shadow chancellor George Osborne has pledged that in the first two years of a Tory administration, any council able to limit council tax rises to 2% or less would be funded by the Treasury to turn that into a council tax freeze.
“Unless any freeze was fully funded and adjusted for inflation, councils would find themselves in dire straits.”
Tom Shakespeare, research fellow at thinktank Localis, said: “There are some concerns this measure makes councils more dependent on central government handouts. However, if treated as a purely short-term measure, it is surprising that only 49% of Labour respondents are in favour.”