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Osborne unveils council tax freeze

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The Conservatives have announced they would freeze council tax for two years if they win the next election.

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne said the move would help families cope with the rising cost of living during his address to the party’s annual conference in Birmingham today.

Mr Osborne said the measure will save a typical Band D household over£200, and millions of families will benefit.

The plan would see the costs for the council tax freeze shared between local and central government. The party claimed the central government funding would come from a substantial reduction in government spending on private sector consultants and advertising.

According to the Conservatives, they would be able to slash£500m off the bill for consultants and advertising in their first full year of government, and by£1bn in all subsequent years.

“Every council tax bill of every family in every council that takes part will be frozen.”

“Instead of council tax bills that rise year after year under Labour, millions of families will get help at the time they need it most. Conservatives will not leave people to struggle with the credit crunch alone,” Mr Osborne said.

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