HOUSEHOLD budgets are being stretched by what seems to be an ever increasing cost of living.
So it’s welcome news that Chancellor George Osborne has announced the extension of a programme to keep Council Tax bills frozen for a second year.
It means people facing increases in household bills can at least be secure in the knowledge their monthly Council Tax bill will not rise and can plan their budget around it.
This is, of course, good news for taxpayers, but it remains to be seen exactly what impact it has on council services especially with far more local authority cuts to come.
It just makes you wonder how people can make ends meet these days with the cost of living now spiralling so high. Train fares for commuters in Huddersfield are expected to rise by 8% from next January.
Gas prices have already gone up by an average of 18% while electricity bills are increasing an average of 16% anytime now.
And it comes at a time when people continue to face redundancy as financial worries continue globally.
The Council Tax freeze may not save people a lot of their hard earned money, but anything will help.