Local Government Minister Bob Neill has accused those local authorities which are refusing to freeze council tax of showing "contempt for hard-working families". At the moment, the Tory-led administration on Cornwall Council is refusing to say whether or not they will implement a freeze.
Back at the Conservative Party Conference, Chancellor George Osborne announced that the Government would be giving a grant equivalent to a 2.5% rise in council tax to any local authority which froze their element of the council tax. It is regrettable that this is a one year only offer and the money won't be embedded in council budgets - something that all parties on Cornwall Council are lobbying for. That said, the choice for the coming year is between the normal rise in council tax being paid by residents or being paid by the government.
Liberal Democrats are clear that, with that choice, it should be the Government and not residents who pay. There won't be any effect on services or jobs as a result of the decision. It seems that local Conservatives are flirting with a decision which their own minister is comdemning.