More than 40% of town halls in council tax hike revolt as they shun Pickles's plans for a freezeGovernment offer grants equal to 1 per cent rise to keep council tax frozenSurvey found 41 per cent of English councils plan a tax increase next year By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:59 GMT, 28 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 28 February 2013 Brave face: Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has yet again promised grants to English councils to keep tax rate More than 40 per cent of town halls plan to increase council tax this year in a major revolt against the Government’s wish to freeze local bills. For a third year, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has offered councils in England the cash equivalent of a 1 per cent rise in grants return for keeping their rates to local taxpayers the same
The pension 'delusion': Unless you work longer and live more frugally you won’t be retiring in comfort says mandarin (who's on 200,000 a year) | UPDATED: 23:32 GMT, 18 December 2012 Sir Bob Kerslake, the head of the civil service, said it was 'absolutely clear' the pension age will have to rise in the coming years People are ‘deluding’ themselves if they think they can enjoy a comfortable retirement without living more frugally and working longer, the head of the Civil Service said yesterday.
Homeowners face massive tax bills as councils are given go-ahead to scrap discounts on second properties | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 17 December 2012 Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will give local authorities the freedom to raise charges on the 255,000 second homes in England Councils have been given the green light to scrap discounts on council tax for second home owners by the Cabinet Minister in charge of the policy. Second home owners will be hit with huge new tax bills when councils are given the freedom to scrap the discounts in April. Hundreds of thousands of holiday homeowners are expected to lose discounts ranging from ten per cent to 50 per cent next spring.