"The ‘remorseless increase’ in council tax has caused soaring living
costs, the Tories claimed today in a fresh attack on the Government
before next month’s local government elections.

Labour admitted council tax had gone up a whopping 100 per cent
since 1997 – but then defended its record by saying next year’s four
per cent rise was the lowest for 14 years.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears was
forced to defend accusations, during Commons clashes today, that town
halls were being forced to foot the bill for central government

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