East Lothian freezes council tax for fifth year

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COUNCIL tax rates have been frozen for the fifth consecutive year in East Lothian.

The local authority agreed the measure for the financial year 2012-13 at a full council meeting on Tuesday.

Council leader Paul McLennan said: “We will be detailing our spending plans in the budget meeting on February 14 but thought a clear indication of council tax levels now would be welcomed by local residents.

“During the current global recession, everyone is feeling the financial squeeze. [We] decided that a council tax freeze for the fifth year in a row would help local residents plan their own forthcoming expenditure.”

The council also agreed to continue a discount of two per cent for those who settled their council tax bill in advance, and a minimum discount of ten per cent on empty and second homes.