MSP welcomes the seventh consecutive Council Tax freeze

Fiona McLeod MSP
Fiona McLeod MSP

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod has welcomed East Dunbartonshire Council’s confirmation that Council Tax will remain unchanged for the year ahead.

The seventh consecutive freeze is part of a deal struck between the council and the Scottish Government to guarantee a share of extra funding to assist with a number of schemes - including helping those affected by the ‘Bedroom Tax’, Council Tax benefit reforms, free school meals and childcare expansion.

Ms McLeod said: “This is the seventh successive year that the Scottish Government have fully funded a Council Tax freeze, which is good news for communities and households who will benefit from the savings this brings in a challenging economic climate.

“A Band D household in East Dunbartonshire will have saved £1671.53 with the Council Tax freeze since the SNP took office in 2007 by the end of this term in office.

That saving is fully funded by the Scottish Government, a fact which is often overlooked by the council’s administration councillors. Household budgets are stretched enough which is why it is so important the Council Tax is frozen.”

Between 1997 and 2007 East Dunbartonshire Council Tax rose by 48 per cent.