on local authorities, Edward Davey, Liberal Democrat shadow to ODPM,
attention away from the ever increasing council tax.
'Government figures assume a 7.3% hike in average council tax bills, and
nothing in the education statement today alters that prospect. Struggling
council tax payers still face inflation-busting rises despite Charles Clarke
promises to make extra money available for local authorities.
'To suggest that Clarke's schools package does not imply council tax rises
is just bare-faced spin.'