Most Scottish Councils are freezing the Council Tax for a second year running. This is being achieved not them being frugal but due to a funding deal with the SNP administration in Holyrood. The Scottish Government compensates Councils freezing the Council Tax from a £70 million. In view of this it seems reasonable that the Scottish Conservatives backed the SNP budget. It’s the sort of thing George Osborne is proposing for England and Wales, although his scheme would be more of a joint effort with the Councils obliged to show rather more restraint. I don’t think scuppering a Council Tax freeze would have advanced the unionist cause.
22 out of Scotland’s 32 Councils have so far agreed to a freeze. They include Edinburgh – although my old friend Brian Montieth believes its not good enough.