"We will take into consideration anybody cheating their taxpayers," he said. "Anybody using loopholes will lose out next year."
He went on: "What residents really want is cuts to taxes not bin collections; potholes filled not pockets. Councils that put their people first will get the idea. To those that don't we're sending out a message loud and clear. The days of the knee-jerk tax and spend hike are over."
Mr Pickles said he was not completely opposed to tax rises - but insisted council should have to win the public over.
"Authorities have a duty to support their residents," he said. "I don't have a problem with councils that want to put up council tax if they have a good reason, to fund local opportunities.
"If the public believes you've got a sensible case they might well listen. But councils should also stop treating residents with contempt."
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