COUNCIL tax will go up by an average of £75.60 per household from next month, researchers found.
The 4.5 per cent increase for Band D homes is the second highest in a decade — although down on last year’s 5.1 per cent rise.
Alamy Council tax will go up by an average of £75.60 per household from next month, researchers found
Londoners face the biggest jump in bills — up by 5.1 per cent per home.
But in cash terms their total bill will be an average of £1,476.39, while bills in the North East will be £1,883.95.
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) found 301 of 312 local authorities who responded to its queries said council tax would go up.
TaxPayers’ Alliance policy analyst Ben Ramanauskas said: “People in the UK are already paying a very high proportion of their incomes in taxation, and so this increase in council tax will not be welcome.
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“Instead of paying their senior management teams astronomic wages and spending money on wasteful projects, local authorities should make savings and stop viewing taxpayers as cash cows.”
Rob Whiteman, chief executive of Cipfa which carried out the research, said: “The extent of the rises across the country are a reflection of the incredible fiscal pressure faced by local authorities and police.
“Local authorities have faced the most significant cuts to spending over the last ten years. And despite the Government’s announcement that austerity is ending, for local authorities this is clearly not the case.
“Long term they remain in an unsustainable position.
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“Ministers need to make radical decisions to secure the future of public services.”
A Ministry of Local Government spokesman said: “We are investing in Britain’s future by providing local authorities with access to £45.1billion this year — increasing to £46.4billion next year — to meet the needs of their residents.
“Councils, not central government, are responsible for managing their own resources. Taxpayers can veto excessive increases via a local referendum.”
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