FREEZING council tax will cost Alex Salmond's government more than £3 billion, according to a new report that casts doubt over the funding of flagship infrastructure projects and warns of deep financial cuts to pay for pledges on free higher education, prescriptions and personal care.
THE SNP has pledged to extend the council tax freeze for the full five years of the next Scottish Parliament as part of its manifesto for the May 5 Holyrood election.
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A TORY MSP will today call for a referendum on plans to hand more tax powers to the Scottish Parliament, claiming the public should have their say before the plans are pushed through.
HOMEOWNERS are facing a council tax time bomb as a result of the high cost of PFI projects, a new report has claimed.
MORE than 350 people a day are now being taken to court for failing to pay their council tax in Edinburgh, new figures have revealed.
SCOTTISH Government chiefs were today accused of "blackmail" after it emerged that failing to sign up to a new budget agreement would cost the Capital £34 million.
Councils could be forced to back a "review of the McCrone agreement" on teachers' pay and conditions as part of the deal for freezing the council tax, according to Cosla.
UP to 1,500 teaching jobs could be axed to cover the cost of Alex Salmond's flagship council tax freeze policy for just one year.
COUNCIL tax could still rise in Edinburgh next year despite the SNP's announcement that it plans to continue the freeze.
THE SNP has promised to freeze council tax for a further two years as the Nationalists officially launched their campaign for next year's Scottish election.
The SNP today launched its campaign for next year's Holyrood elections with a pledge to freeze the council tax for another two years.
COUNCIL tax payers in Edinburgh could see a rise of up to £70 in their bills next year.
THE council tax freeze should be continued for "at least another year", the Tories have said.
The council tax freeze in Scotland should be continued for "at least another year", Tories said today.
SEVEN out of ten Edinburgh residents are willing to pay more in council tax to prevent savage cuts to public services, city leaders said today.
DOZENS of residents have been hit by a hike in their council tax bill - because one of their neighbours complained they were paying too much.
A BUSINESS group has urged ministers to keep the council tax freeze amid calls to scrap the policy.
ALMOST £1 billion of council tax has not been paid since it was introduced in Scotland, figures revealed today.
THE battle lines for the next Scottish elections were laid last night as the SNP confirmed it would continue to freeze council tax next year, despite claims from Labour that the move could starve schools and local services of much-needed funds.
FINANCE secretary John Swinney said last night that council tax freezes would help families in Scotland during tough economic times.