WE'LL freeze council tax for pensioners. That's an election pledge from Tories on Kirklees Council.
The party made the promise as it steps up its campaign between now and election day on June 10.
A freeze would substantially ease a great burden on many people, say the Tories.
They believe their move would be a first in the UK.
Clr Robert Light, leader of the council's Conservative group, said: "Our scheme is aimed at easing the burden on pensioners by freezing the Kirklees element of their council tax from 2005/6, if we are in control of the council.
"If such a scheme had been in place this year, the 2.9% Kirklees part of the council tax bills which are landing on people's doormats would not be included in pensioners' bills.
"This would have meant discounts ranging from £20 to £60 in pensioner households, typically £30 in band D."
The Conservatives hold 16 of the hung council's 72 seats.
Their scheme would be paid for from a recent measure to start charging council tax for second homes.
Clr Light said: "The pensioner discount scheme is not intended to replace council tax benefit.
"Indeed, we cannot offer discounts on the same level as these benefits, so pensioner households are advised to apply for these benefits in the first instance.
"But in the event that pensioners don't qualify for benefit, this scheme will at least offer some respite," he added.
Labour said today it intended to ask the area's people for their views on a council tax discount for pensioners.
Clr Mehboob Khan, leader of the Labour group, said: "If we take control of Kirklees we plan to give local people a say on a pensioners discount scheme in September.
"Local government Minister Nick Raynsford has encouraged councils to adopt schemes that protect pensioners from over-inflated council tax rises. I will be discussing this on a visit to London."