Conservative-run Trafford Council is to freeze the Council Tax in the coming year. This is a particular achievement as it has had to absorb increased precepts from the unelected Transport for Greater Manchester and the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.
Labour controlled Manchester recently confirmed its intention to raise Council Tax by 3.7% without a referendum, exploiting a loophole in Government legislation to limit increases to 2%, despite continuing to be the most generously funded Council in Greater Manchester. Both Oldham Council and Rochdale Council have announced 3.5% hike in their Council Tax charges.
Leader of Trafford Council, Cllr. Matthew Colledge says:
"It is plain to see that if the Labour party ever controlled Trafford Council again, they would follow the lead of their comrades across the city-region and inflict large Council Tax rises on the residents of Trafford at a time when they can ill afford to pay."
Trafford has the lowest Council tax in the north west.