Glasgow council tax to rise by three per cent

Glasgow City Council is to increase council tax for the first time since 2005, raising the figure by three per cent.

After the national council tax freeze ended this year, Scotland’s second largest city will hope that the increase will raise more than £7 million with the council facing a budget gap of £67 million.

The increases are due to take effect just weeks before May's council elections. A final decision on the council tax in Glasgow is likely to be made in February.

Frank McAveety, council leader, said: “Raising Council Tax will support frontline services while protecting the most vulnerable in our city. One-in-four households will not pay a penny more - and we can avoid around £7 million of the most difficult cuts, which would otherwise hit every community across the city."