One in three local authorities is planning is proposing to increase council tax next year, despite a Government offer of funding if they freeze the charge, according to a survey of nearly 200 councils.
A survey found 65 councils out of 193 councils who replied were planning an increase – double the number who rejected the Government’s freeze funding last year.
According to the Local Government Chronicle, the 65 councils were proposing increases ranging from 1.5 per cent to 7.8 per cent.
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Millions of low-income households face a rise in their council tax bills costing them up to £600 a year from April under a “poll tax bombshell”, according to new study.
People in low-paid jobs and those on benefits who currently pay little or no council tax will be hit with increased bills within months in three out of four local authorities, it has emerged.
Most councils have decided to reduce the council tax benefit available for residents on low incomes after central government imposed a 10 per cent cut on the total subsidy budget. At present 3.2 million working-age households receive such support.