30 councils ignore freeze in favour of hiking rates

Sorry – a bit out of it just now.  Thought this needed a run, from the TPA:

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30 councils in England have announced that they will hike Council Tax at a time when many residents are struggling with the rising cost of living. These 30 local authorities are choosing to reject the offer of extra money to help fund a freeze this year and are instead passing the burden entirely onto local residents. Council Tax is second only to VAT as the most burdensome tax for the poorest households. Most local authorities have chosen to freeze rates while some, like the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, have chosen to help local families by cutting rates.

A number are proposing the highest possible increase in tax while dodging a referendum by keeping the increase to no more than 3.5 per cent (the threshold for a referendum). For many residents Council Tax has almost doubled in the last decade without a corresponding increase in services.

Here is our most up-to-date list of councils proposing rises. If you know of any that are hiking the rates and aren’t on our list please let us know.

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2 comments for “30 councils ignore freeze in favour of hiking rates

  1. nemesis
    February 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Well, my Council have not only frozen Council Tax but are also budgeting for a reduction in parking income.

  2. DerekP
    February 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    James Higham,
    Thanks for hilighting this, and sorry to be so ignorant (and this isn’t laziness, I just want to get info to family asap), but do you have a link handy for residents’ actions/campaigns against these increases, Brighton&Hove in particular?
    Cheers,
    DerekP

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