By Marcus Leach

Chancellor George Osborne will today (Monday) unveil the funds necessary to extend a council tax freeze in England until at least 2013.

Whilst the government can't force councils to freeze bills, they have offered to give those limiting spending rises to just 2.5% they money required to do so.

As well as that, Scottish and Welsh administrators will be given money to spend as they see fit.

The £805 million move will be funded by efficiency savings, however Labour said it would save people just £72 a year.

It is not the first time the government has made such a pledge, having done so in 2011-12 when all local authorities froze or reduced their council tax bills.

"Instead of just keeping that [spare Whitehall] money, we're going to use it to help families," Mr Osborne told BBC Breakfast.

"It shows that this government is absolutely committed to helping people through these difficult global times, absolutely committed to helping people with the cost of living, helping families not only get into jobs and stay in work, but also help them pay those family bills."

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