CAMPAIGNERS plan to take to the streets in protest at a planned hike in council tax.

The TaxPayers' Alliance will be campaigning against the proposed council tax rise in York next Friday, January 18.

The local authority is planning a rise of around two percent in its council tax despite an offer of Government cash if the rate was frozen.

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TPA spokesman Andrew Allison said: “It is important we all continue to join forces and send a clear message to York councillors that increasing council tax would impose an unnecessary burden on hard-working families already struggling to pay their bills.

"The Government's offer of a grant is there to offer the council a cushion whilst it finds further efficiency savings.“ He claimed: “The vast majority of councils across the country will be either freezing or lowering bills. York City Council should be doing the same."

The campaigners will gather at 12.30pm in St Helen's Square.