Majority of councils to increase council tax this April, survey finds

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28th March 2017 11:45 - Local Government

Majority of councils to increase council tax this April, survey finds: A recent survey has revealed that 90 per cent of local councils in England are planning to increase council tax in April, with some bills set to rise by as much as 5 per cent.

The survey found that residents will also see price hikes in bills, as local authorities are planning to take advantage of new powers to top up their fees with money allocated to social care.

Just 22 councils said that they are going to freeze council tax in 2017/18, whereas just one council said it will decrease council tax (East Hampshire).

The findings were compiled by the Press Association, and comprised responses from all 353 local councils in England.

The Local Government Association suggested that the survey findings indicated that councils have found themselves "unable to turn down the chance to raise desperately-needed money for local services" and as a result, have warned that increases are unlikely to prevent further cutbacks.

The survey findings also found that 152 local councils are able to increase bills by a further 3 per cent to fund social care. As well as this, 2 in 3 councils said that they were allocating the full amount of funds to social care.

Of the councils in the survey, 73 said that they are also going to increase basic council tax by up to 1.99 per cent, resulting in a total increase of 4.99 per cent.

It was also found that the councils for Norfolk and Breckland reported the highest percentage rise (6.6 per cent), but they also had the lowest level of tax in England.

Among the 22 local authorities to buck the national trend and not raise their portion of council tax is Wyre Forest council, in Worcestershire.

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