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Glasgow set to freeze council tax

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The council said the freeze was good news for city residents

Glasgow City Council has announced it is to freeze council tax bills for the fourth year running.

City treasurer Stephen Curran will recommend the move when councillors meet next Thursday to agree the budget for the coming year.

The freeze will result in the average Band D bill remaining at 1,213, plus water charges.

The announcement comes after the city council learned it would receive 1.3bn from the Scottish Government's budget.

Mr Curran said: "I am pleased we have been able to deliver a council tax freeze for the fourth year running.

"This is a tax freeze made in Glasgow, for Glasgow. It is good news for every household - from those in the highest valuation bands to senior citizens and those on low incomes, who often face the greatest problems coping with rising bills.

'Unique relationship'

He added: "Despite the difficult global economic situation, we continue to have one of the most efficiently run councils in Scotland."

Glasgow SNP MSP, and member of the Scottish Parliament's local government committee, Bob Doris said: "This further underlines the SNP Government's unique relationship with local authorities.

"I am pleased that Glasgow Labour are still in the same frame of mind and are continuing to help the SNP deliver for the people of Scotland.

"This freeze and this week's budget are going to save the average Glasgow resident over 270 and prevent council tax sky-rocketing 23% in Glasgow."

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