Surrey County Council was due to hike rates by 15% [Image: PA].

The story says, “Council leader David Hodge … suggested Ministers are now considering offering extra cash in the future to councils like his own.”

Oh really? Councils like his own, eh?

Tory councils.

A Tory-led council in one of the richest parts of England has dropped plans to hike council tax by 15% after last-minute talks with the Government.

Surrey County Council said it will now join scores of other towns halls by hiking local rates by 4.99% this year – the maximum allowed by Government without a local referendum.

Source: Cash-strapped Tory council abandons 15% tax hike after last-minute talks with the government

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