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