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Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary, responding to the latest estimates from CIPFA for council tax rises this year, said:

“In these tough times, Labour councils are doing all they can to keep council tax low and on average residents pay less in council tax when they have a Labour council.

“This year Tory citadels like Surrey, Peterborough and Chelmsford are putting up their council tax even though CLG ministers – who talk a lot about local decision making - have made it clear that they will use new powers to penalise them next year for doing so.

“David Cameron should get his own house in order before he starts criticising Labour. Eric Pickles’ plans will mean significant council tax increases for low paid workers next year because of changes to council tax benefit.”

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