The BBC report that Swansea, Caerphilly and Monmouthshire councils are the only authorities in Wales so far who plan to freeze council tax next year, with average increases set for a record low of 2.1%.
They add that Anglesey council plans the biggest rise at 5%,- while 14 councils plan to raise rates and three are still to decide. The figures have yet to be ratified and do not include police precept.
Stuart Rice, the Welsh Liberal Democrat cabinet member for finance at Swansea council, said the freeze was possible because of savings within the council that do not affect front line services.
“We recognise that people are going through tough times at the moment and we do not want to add to the financial burden on them,” he said.
“Household bills are continuing to go up, when at the same time many people have seen their incomes frozen or even cut.”
Peter Black, Shadow Welsh Liberal Democrat Local Government Minister added:
“The pressure on family finances is growing and the last thing councils should do is make them pay more for the services they rely on.
“Careful financial planning and prudent spending by councils, especially Welsh Liberal Democrat-led councils, means that more money will be staying in Welsh people’s pockets during these difficult times.
“Welsh Liberal Democrat-led councils are keeping council tax increases low, and have consistently kept them low over the past four years, to help people out in difficult financial times.”