Tens of thousands of small companies will see their business rates increasing
Retired social workers are being targeted in an effort to fill shortages
A quarter of all council tax is going to meet the soaring cost of the gold-plated pensions of town hall workers.
Business rates are set for their biggest rise since the modern system began in 1993.
Council tax is set to rise by almost £50 for an average property next year to plug a £2.5billion black hole.
Legislation to allow local councils to levy extra taxes on businesses, could threaten the future of schemes in which enterprises help with the upkeep of their neighbourhoods.
The number of elderly people receiving care in their homes has fallen by 17 per cent since Labour allowed councils to restrict help to the most needy.
Thousands of vulnerable people are being forced into bankruptcy as town halls use increasingly aggressive tactics to chase council tax arrears
English Council tax bands are due to be reassessed at the beginning of the next Parliament to take account of changing house prices. The Tories say Labour is planning to count tree houses and other home improvements in the value of properties, pushing some up into higher bands