ConservativeHome is getting stuck in to Tory controlled councils planing a council tax hike.
On the list is Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, planning an increase of 3.30%.
The Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles is quoted thus:
With two weeks to go, we now know that the majority of councils, over 300 in fact, want to freeze bills for their residents in tough times. Not everyone has set out their budget plans yet so I expect to see those taking up the Government’s freeze deal to climb further.
"A minority of out of touch authorities that seem unwilling to accept our offer should face up to the fact that it is unnecessary and it will hit hardworking households in the pocket. Residents will spot that many neighbouring councils are able to offer to freeze.
The opprobrium being heaped on councils such as Tunbridge Wells must be galling for Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells, whose boss in government is Eric Pickles.