OPPOSITION leaders have attacked town hall chiefs for not jumping at the chance to take up a government grant to freeze council tax next year.
Conservative councillors attacked the leading Labour group for not yet using a s3.1million grant. But the administration say they have many weeks before they need to make a decision, and could still freeze the annual levy whether they use the subsidy or not.
Mark Reen, shadow cabinet member for finance, said: "I think at the moment when families are struggling financially - energy bills are inflating, transport and food is going up - it's not right when the council has the opportunity to set zero council tax increase next year."
Although Labour councillors would not confirm whether the grant would be taken up at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday (29), council leader Julian Bell said they will make an announcement within the next month.
He said: "We haven't made a decision yet. We're looking at it (the grant), but there are positives and negatives. "We haven't made a decision yet because it was only made very recently and it's not straightforward.
"Irrespective of whether we take the government grant or not, we can still make the decision to freeze council tax."
If the council took up the grant, council tax would be frozen for only one year, after which councillors may need to consider increasing it to maintain year on year savings.
Council tax does not need to be officially announced until the spring.