Council tax to rise by £50

Author: Daily Telegraph   |  

Local authorities look set to impose inflation-busting rises of 3.5 per cent in council tax across England from April, according to a survey of 140 local authorities, police authorities and fire authorities in England

This will add £48 to the council tax of a typical band D property, pushing the average bill up from £1,373 to £1,421.

However, there were stark differences regionally, as the tax will rise by three times as much in the west Midlands and east of England, as in London.

The Local Government Association survey found rises of four per cent forecast in the west Midlands and 3.8 per cent in the south-east and the south-west, compared with an average rise of just 1.2 per cent in London.

The association called for people who are struggling to pay bills to make sure they are claiming the maximum amount of benefits they are due.

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