Erm, maybe because they're the govt and they can therefore influence the councils? Why should "you" get "something"?? I don't mean to necessarily start an argument, but it's like me demanding that Tesco's start charging me less for my shopping, or BP less for my petrol. Whilst the current circumstances have caused the rises to look out of whack with current levels of inflation etc, but this formula has been in the public domain for ages now. If the circumstances were turned on their head and inflation was 7% and your rise was 0.5% would you demand to pay more? I have to pay my mortgage, utilities, etc, etc - occasionally in life you pay more than you wish to for things, life isn't always fair!!