On average the Council Tax in England will go up by 0.7 per cent this year. Most councils are freezing the Council Tax. 15 are cutting it. As well as the ones I have already listed here we have Adur which is cutting by one per cent. We also have Cotswolds and Bournemouth cutting. None of those proposing increases are willing to dare going above the referendum threshold of two per cent.
Of course any increase in Council Tax is to be regretted.
However let us contrast the situation in Labour-run Wales. Most councils in Wales are increasing Council Tax by more than twice the rate of inflation, reports Wales Online:
From April, the council tax on a Band D property in Cardiff will go up to £1,164.11, while in Swansea it will rise to £1,270.32.
Meanwhile residents of Kensington and Chelsea, where council tax bands are still based on a 1991 property valuation, will be paying £1,071.65, while those of Hammersmith and Fulham will pay £1,034.16.
Shadow Local Government Minister Mark Isherwood said:
“Yet again, families in Wales are set to be stung by the highest council tax rises in the UK because of Labour’s refusal to pass on a council tax freeze.
“Year after year Labour has received funding from the Conservative-led Coalition to freeze council tax, just as it has been frozen in much of England and also in Scotland.
“Hammersmith and Fulham Council has just agreed its seventh cut in council tax in eight years, while other councils have either frozen council tax or agreed a below-inflation increase, thanks to a cap preventing rises above 2%.
“In Labour’s Wales there is no council tax freeze and no cap on rises above 2%. Labour’s Welsh Government has given the green light to council tax hikes up to an informal threshold of 5%, at more than double the rate of inflation.
“Labour Ministers have failed to protect hardworking families from the threat of council tax hikes and failed to promote the example of numerous Conservative-led councils in England, which are delivering vital services more efficiently so they can afford to cut taxes.”