Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to Eric Pickles’ comments on council tax, said:
“Local councils have of course done their best to freeze council tax where they can, given the squeeze on family incomes.
“But it is astonishing that Eric Pickles is trying to claim a success when over two million people on the very lowest incomes won't be getting their council tax frozen.
“Instead they will see their council tax rise next month because of his new unfair poll tax. They will be hit by the cuts in council tax benefit that he is imposing, while at the same time David Cameron is giving a tax cut to millionaires.”