This from the Daily Mail: "Labour has been accused of giving extra subsidies and grants to northern towns and cities, which allow them to keep local taxes down.  Tories, who obtained the information through Westminster questions, said yesterday that Labour has been favouring its own voters.

Shadow Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said:

"Everyone has faced soaring levels of council tax, with homes across the South and East Anglia being clobbered the most under Gordon Brown.  The police levy on council tax is going through the roof, but police numbers are being cut. Local services like weekly rubbish collections are slowly being cut, while bills rise year on year. People are paying more and getting less.""

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