Emergency Budget: Local authorities to be given help to freeze council tax bills

The emergency budget has unveiled that local authorities will be given help to freeze council tax bills from next year.

It was announced that if councils keep their increases low, then the government will help them freeze council tax for one year from April 2011.

The average family will be £35 better off next year and every year thereafter.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: "At times like this, when money is short, we think all parts of Government should work hard to keep costs down. And we want to give councils every incentive to do just that."

"It will be one less rising bill for families to worry about - and it will drive value for money throughout all levels of Government."