Hundreds of thousands of Scots households to be hit by council tax hike
Councillors in Glasgow, Highland, Fife and Angus all voted to increase annual bills by three per cent in 2017/18 following the end of the SNP's decade long freeze.
But three Labour-run areas – South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde – elected to continue the freeze, prompting claims of hypocrisy from the SNP.
The party's MSPs at Holyrood have been complaining about multi-million-pound cuts to town hall budgets putting local services under threat. Fifteen councils have now set their council tax rates for next year, with
11 areas putting up bills by three per cent and Aberdeenshire by 2.5 per cent.
The others are Edinburgh, Midlothian, Borders, East Renfrewshire, Moray, Shetland and Western Isles. Others have until the end of the month to decide.
Three Labour-run areas elected to continue the freeze, prompting claims of hypocrisy from the SNP
Almost 700,000 households across Scotland in bands E to H will pay more, however, no matter what their council decides as the SNP will raid the middle classes to pay for additional school funding.
Glasgow City Council leader Frank McAveety said: "Local government budgets are under extreme pressure, but we have delivered a people's budget that delivers on priorities of Glaswegians."
Residents in Glasgow, Highland, Fife and Angus will all be victims of the increase
Glasgow is viewed as Labour's last great bastion north of the Border and is the number one target for the Nationalists in May.
But despite anger from the party's leadership about SNP ministers slashing council funding, three Labour-run areas felt able to keep tax rates at their 2007 levels.
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Christopher McEleny, the leader of the SNP group in Inverclyde, tweeted: "Today Labour-run Inverclyde attacked Scot Gov funding level and then froze council tax saying we had sufficient funding to do so."