Council Households in England facing inflation-busting council tax rises of £100 or more

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  1. slim

    slim Super Moderator

    Nearly every household in England will face inflation-busting council tax rises of £100 or more along with higher charges for parking and disposing of waste.

    Nearly all councils (95%) plan to increase council tax while 93% will hike charges to make ends meet, the 2018 State of Local Government Finance research conducted by the LGiU think tank and The Municipal Journal found.

    The council tax rises will add around £100 to the average bill for a Band D property - equivalent to 6 per cent - but as much as £200 for owners of more expensive properties. The planned increases come against a backdrop in which 80% of councils fear for their financial stability.

    Council tax can be hiked by up to 3% this year, in line with inflation, before a referendum is triggered, while authorities can also levy an additional "precept" to raise money for spending on social care.

    The greatest immediate pressure on budgets came in children's services (nearly 32% of councils), followed by adult social care (nearly 28%), and housing and homelessness (19%).

    Adult social care was the greatest long-term pressure (nearly 38%), the survey said.

    Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of LGiU, said: "Councils are on the edge. They are for the most part holding services together (though a significant minority are not). But they can only do this this by raising council tax, increasing charging and draining their reserves.

    "The system is unsustainable and needs far more fundamental reform than is presently on offer. It's simply not acceptable that we don't know how local government will work post 2020.

    "Councils are calling for assurances around funding for the next three years and for a fundamental redesign of the finance system. At present government is offering neither. That has to change."

    Responding, Local Government Association chairman Lord Porter said: "Some councils continue to be pushed perilously close to the financial edge.

    "Many will have to make tough decisions about which services have to be scaled back or stopped altogether to plug funding gaps.

    "Extra council tax raising powers will helpfully give some councils the option to raise some extra income but will not bring in enough to completely ease the financial pressure they face.

    "This means many councils face having to ask residents to pay more council tax while offering fewer services as a result.

    "The LGA has warned about the urgent need to address the £2 billion funding gap facing children's services.

    "A child is being referred to council children's services every 49 seconds on a daily basis and councils started more than 500 child protection investigations every day last year - up from 200 a decade ago.

    "This unprecedented surge in demand shows no sign of abating."

    - A total of 113 individual councils responded to the survey, representing a third of all English local authorities.

    A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: "Our finance settlement strikes a balance between relieving growing pressure on local government whilst ensuring that hard-pressed taxpayers do not face excessive bills.

    "We have listened to representations made from councils and delivered on these with extra funding.

    "Overall councils will see a real-term increase in resources over the next two years, more freedom and fairness and with a greater certainty to plan and secure value for money.

    "We are also delivering on our commitment to give councils more control over the business rates they raise locally - with millions of pounds staying in communities and being spent on local priorities.

    "We want to work with local government to develop a new funding system for the future and encourage councils to submit responses to the review currently under way."

    Wonder what you think of being robbed of more money while the council laugh at you even more.
  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous Member

    Absolutely f**king disgraceful!! Another rise of council tax, So where are we suppose to get the money from? It's clear, these money-grabbing bastards who work at our councils won't scale back on their own luxuries, The same people are being hit every time with the same rises - Electricity up, Water up, Rail services up, Food up. We need an Up rising in Britain and we need in NOW - 2018 - Sadly, we have to many faggots who will appose this Idea.

    Remember this - We pay the wages so they are just f**king servants, yet the councils keep on stealing our money and Abusing us. WHILE YOU DO NOTHING

    Maybe we need to attack the councils and office workers plus the Gov - Tories. I will personally have to go out and start committing crimes to live and pay this extra off. While those at the top get a wage £100,000 a year. Get rid the "SHIT" at the top. Someone need to call for an UP-RISING - Or get people out on the streets to riot and attack those who work in the councils offices.
  3. Stephen

    Stephen Member

    The UK councils wonder why so many peeps treat them badly or hate them so much. or attack them and beat them up
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