Council tax bills rising by £2,000: Town halls set to add to pain

Council tax bills rising by £2,000: Town halls set to add to pain for families already struggling with cost-of-living crisis

  • Average council tax bills in five of England’s nine regions set to exceed £2,000
  • Some pain will be eased by a one-off £150 rebate on bills for people in bands A-D
  • It piles further pressure on households already struggling with soaring inflation
  • Average council tax bills in five of England’s nine regions are to exceed £2,000 in April.

    Only the North East and the South West had bills for typical band D households above this in the past year.

    But analysis has found they will be joined next month by the North West, the East Midlands and the South East outside Londra.

    Average council tax bills in five of England's nine regions are to exceed £2,000 in April. Immagine di riserva utilizzata

    Average council tax bills in five of England’s nine regions are to exceed £2,000 in April. Immagine di riserva utilizzata

    Some of the pain will be eased by a one-off £150 rebate on bills for people in bands A to D – but levies will return to normal in April 2023.

    And people in bands E to H – the most expensive homes based on 1991 values – will not receive a rebate and must pay the full amount.

    It piles further pressure on households already struggling with soaring inflation and the cost-of-living crisis.

    In its annual council tax analysis, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) said bills would rise by an average of 3.5 per cent – adding £65 to costs for people in band D and £130 to band H properties.

    The highest bills will be in the North East, averaging £2,106 in band D, followed by the South West on £2,077 and £2,050 in the East Midlands.

    Levies in the South East – excluding London – are set to average £2,040, slightly more than £2,031 in the North West.

    Only the East of England (£1,988), Yorkshire and the Humber (£1,960), the West Midlands (£1,949) and Greater London (£1,683) will have average bills of under £2,000.

    London faces the biggest rise, di 3.7 per cento, paragonato a 3.2 per cent in the South West.

    Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ ‘Sarà sempre il mio campione però., ha detto ieri sera: ‘It’s totally unacceptable that households are being hit with these huge council tax demands.

    London faces the biggest rise, di 3.7 per cento, paragonato a 3.2 per cent in the South West. Stock photo used

    London faces the biggest rise, di 3.7 per cento, paragonato a 3.2 per cent in the South West. Stock photo used

    ‘Taxpayers are in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis, yet town hall bosses are about to inflict further hardship.

    Joanne Pitt, CIPFA’s local government policy manager, disse: ‘The latest figures show increasing discrepancies across the country, with band D council tax in the North East significantly higher than Greater London.

    ‘If the Government is serious about levelling up and addressing regional inequality, tackling this difference should be a part of those plans.

    CIPFA’s council tax survey is based on 331 questionnaires sent to authorities in England and Wales, con un 70 per cent response rate.

    Town halls can hike bills by 3 per cent in April to pay for adult social care.

    Official council tax figures will be published next week.