Council tax payers to face increases of up to £408

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Council Tax set to increase by 18%

MORAY COUNCIL TAX payers could face an increase of 18% following a decision by the Independent/Tory administration to defy the Scottish Government.

In what the local authority call a “bold step” the ruling administration say that they will recommend to Full Council that the freeze on council tax rates is ended – making Moray the first local authority to defy the SNP Government.

Leader of the Council Stewart Cree confirmed the plan this morning, saying that if accepted at Full Council the tax would increase by 18% – representing an increase of £136 for Band A properties up to £408 at Band H.

Councillor Cree said: “In times like these, we have to be bold and this is a bold step, but this is the only alternative to having swingeing cuts across our services, like schools and libraries.

“The people of Moray have been very clear in the past that they very much want to see these services protected.”

insideMoray will aim to have more information and reaction in our early news bulletins tomorrow morning.