Labour warns on council tax hike

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Eric Pickles
Eric Pickles

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Millions of people in low-income households in England and Wales are facing hikes in their council tax as a result of government legislation currently going through Parliament, Labour has said.

Under the Local Government Finance Bill, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles aims to save £450 million by cutting funding for council tax rebates by 10% from April 2013, leaving it up to individual local authorities to decide how they make up the shortfall.