The Chancellor of the Exchequer has today announced new support for local authorities in England
to help them freeze council tax for a further year and assist in keeping those bills down.
The Government will set aside an extra £450 million to help freeze council tax bills in England. The support for local authorities means that taxpayers living in an average Band D home in England could save up to £72 on a five per cent rise in council tax.
Over the last two years the Government has provided grants of around £2billion to help freeze council tax. A freeze in council tax in 2013-14 would represent a real terms cut of around two per cent and a fall of nine per cent in real terms over the past three years.
The full press release may be downloaded from Communities & Local Government website.
March 2013 Government announces council tax benefit support grants.
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Some facts and figures to help put some balance into this debate.
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Parish and Town Council precepts for 2013/14 are a cause for concern in many areas.
Large rises are being reported by some even during these difficult times.
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The latest round up of news and events includes:
Council Tax Bands and Scams
Town and Parish Council Tax Fiasco
Widening the Gap
2013-14 Spending Power per Dwelling
Local Government Pension Scheme
We have returned to the Parish and Town Councils. For years we have been bending
the ear of the opposition for these councils to be included in any capping and possible
referenda. We thought they were listening, it seems not.
Due to Town and Parish councils being exempt from any capping of excessive council tax rises, this then leads to the double taxation issue. Double taxation occurs when a higher authority e.g. a District Council passes down responsibility for some local service or amenity to the lower Town or Parish Council, but does not pass on the funding it currently receives for it. This allows the higher authority to keep its council tax precept unchanged or with a small increase, while the Town or Parish Council has to increase its council tax precept to cover the additional costs. The effect of this is that the council tax payer is now paying twice for the same service or amenity. Read more...
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We were sent this paper by Liane Hoogland who said "I have done a project on Council
Tax for my Master's in geography and thought this may be of interest to you. I have
looked at the impact of the revaluation in Cardiff and shown that even a revaluation does
not offer a solution for the structural problems with the council tax.
We're happy to publish this for Liane so that other people may read it. Click here to read the paper.
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Liane Hoogland is the Operations Manager at The Local Futures Group. Click here to find out more about her work.
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