RESIDENTS could save up to £45 on their council tax bills if Civic Centre bosses cut spending on publicity, middle managers and pensions by 10 per cent, according to the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA).

The pressure group has called on local authorities including Hounslow Council to make the savings after reviewing expenditure in these three key areas.

It found the Tory-led administration spent over £31million on publicity, middle and senior managers and employer pension contributions in 2006/07.

A cut of just over £3million, representing four per cent of its £75m in council tax revenue, could help town hall chiefs shave £45 off the average Band D bill of £1,091.

Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Council tax has doubled in the last decade and is now so high that it tips many families and pensioners over the edge.

"But it doesn't have to be that way. Local authorities of all parties could make meaningful council tax reductions if they saved a modest 10 per cent in these three non-priority areas."

A council spokesman argued Hounslow had frozen council tax bills, giving residents a real term saving.

"We are also in the process of a radical over-haul of how we provide services that will help put the council on a firmer footing for the future, and offer value for council tax payers," he added.

"This included looking at things such as simplifying management structures mentioned by the TPA."