Labour run Newcastle has frozen its share of the Council Tax for a fifth successive year. But the Tax will go up anyway because the Tories at the Tory controlled County Council - which levies the biggest amount - have agreed a rise of 1.95%.
The Fire and Rescue Service - which is also controlled by the Conservatives - has added a 1.95% rise too.
The increases fall just short of the two per cent that would trigger a full public consultation.
"It's a pity the Tories are busy raising taxes while Labour is freezing its share of the bill," says Labour's John Williams.
"The borough has made more than 70 efficiency savings to achieve the freeze, despite massive Government cuts. What we need after the election is proper resources for local public services, not more cuts as the Tories plan whilst still managing to put our bills up."
John Williams is standing for re-election on May 7th for Cross Heath. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org