THE five authorities added to the list of ratecapped councils for next year are Liverpool, Manchester, Hull, and the London boroughs of Ealing and Waltham Forest. The last two almost asked for ratecapping with big rises in spending after Labour administrations took over from frugal Tory councils in the May 1986 elections.
Eight councils previously ratecapped have escaped the straitjacket. They are Gateshead, North Tyneside, Brighton, Sheffield, Brent, Hounslow, Newham and Islington.
Altogether 17 councils, together with the 20 joint boards from the old metropolitan county areas will be capped compared with a total of 20 councils and the joint boards last year.
Councils who remain on the ratecap list are Basildon, Middlesbrough, Thamesdown. Greenwich, Camden, Lewisham, Lambeth, Haringey. Hackney, Sonthwark, Tower Hamlets, and Newcastle upon Tyne.