Opposition parties back Council Tax freeze

Opposition SNP, Labour and Communities Partnership councillors in Aberdeenshire backed a freeze in the Council Tax rate at today's full council meeting in order to support those facing hardship at this time.

The move comes after Finance Secretary Kate Forbes MSP announced that councils would be funded to the level of an effective 3% Council Tax increase if they chose to freeze their rate at 2020/21 levels. In setting the Council Tax level, Aberdeenshire Council’s administration group also backed the proposal.

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Commenting, Leader of the Opposition SNP, Labour and Communities Partnership Cllr Gwyneth Petrie (SNP-Huntly, Strathbogie & Howe of Alford) said

Families across Aberdeenshire will be relieved that councillors across parties have backed moves to freeze the Council Tax rate.

The past nine months have been a time of extreme anxiety for many people who have seen their jobs threatened or disappear, or seen their businesses placed under extreme pressure. Freezing the Council Tax will give certainty to people that their bill will not increase during this financial year. I am therefore very pleased that the council has agreed this measure.

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