Council Tax freeze welcomed

The local government finance settlement package which allows local authorities to commit to another year of the Council Tax freeze has been welcomed by Nigel Don, MSP for Angus North and Mearns.

The range of measures announced by Deputy First Minister John Swinney also includes £38 million to fully mitigate Westminster’s Bedroom Tax, and a range of measures for early years and schools, including £54 million to give all children in P1 to P3 access to free school meals.

Mr Don MSP said: “Both my constituency councils, Angus and Aberdeenshire, will benefit from an increase in the local government settlement. The settlement has a focus on helping young families, schools and the most vulnerable in society.

“The council tax freeze is continuing to offer real help to families across Scotland – with the average Band D household in line to save £1,200 by the end of this Parliamentary term.

“At a time of unprecedented budget cuts being passed down from Westminster, this policy is protecting hard-pressed family budgets.

“I am absolutely committed to supporting my constituents who find themselves most in need as a result of Westminster cuts that disgracefully affect the poor and most vulnerable.”